Beryl Var. Aquamarine on Muscovite
Nagar, Hunza Valley, Baltistan, Pakistan
Cabinet, 10.5 x 7.1 x 6.5 cm
This matrix piece features a centered crystal of pastel blue aquamarine, of absolutely limpid clarity and high internal brightness. The crystal measures about 4 x 4 x 3.5 cm in size and is pristine, not a ding on it. There are dozens of teeny tiny accent crystals that add sparkle to it, really apparent in person, coating one side. The muscovite matrix in which it is nestled contrasts with the form and color of the sharp hexagonal beryl. While Nagar aquamarines are common at some level, this is an outstanding piece for the price range and aesthetics, that I think rises above the crowd. Joe Budd photos