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VORO14-14
Blue Alkali Beryl
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm
Deo Darrah, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
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This cute thumbnail matrix specimen is composed of three, tabular, doubly terminated, lustrous and translucent, sky blue alkali-rich beryl crystals, to 1.9 cm across. These were originally thought to be Rosterite or Vorobyevite, but further analysis by Dr. Federico Pezzotta confirmed they are alkali-rich beryls.