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VORO14-12
Blue Alkali Beryl
Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm
Deo Darrah, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
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This is a doubly terminated, tabular, lustrous and translucent, sky blue alkali-rich beryl crystal measuring 1.8 cm across and perched on a bit of matrix. These were originally thought to be Rosterite or Vorobyevite, but further analysis by Dr. Federico Pezzotta confirmed they are alkali-rich beryls.