Beryl var. Aquamarine on Feldspar
Skardu, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 13.2 x 10.5 x 6.0 cm
This specimen hosts a dramatic, doubly-terminated crystal measuring 7 x 4 x 4 cm, that shows a full top hexagonal termination and a complex cityscape, multiply-terminated bottom end that just hangs freestanding off this well trimmed matrix of feldspar. The associated feldspar crystal provide balance, and is itself beautifully sharp and well formed, with a good pearlescent luster. Together, the combination makes this a truly unique specimen with great display qualities, and one of the very few matrix pieces from the pocket (early 2014). The top termination has a few small needle-like crystals of black tourmaline, perched atop as a bonus.