Beryl var. Aquamarine on Albite
Cabinet, 11.1 x 7.0 x 5.0 cm
Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
The photos speak for the specimen here, quite clearly: this is quite simply as close to a gem or a jewel as a natural matrix crystal of aquamarine can wish for. The crystal is optically clean, water clear, and with a wonderful color and the most glassy luster you can ask for in a gemstone crystal. It is perched sparingly on just the right amount of matrix, and that matrix has exceptionally large and well-formed albite crystals to contrast to the aquamarine above. Not only that, but the albite crystals curve up on and accent the aquamarine, instead of being the usual flattish, blocky matrix we see more often. This was a special pocket, indeed, from over 10 years ago. No damage, and only one clean (lock-fit) repair near the base, make this a connoisseur level specimen among the finer examples in its size and price range. The crystal extends through the matrix and you can see it actually poking out the bottom. It is 1.7 x 1.3 cm wide and deep. This specimen was obtained soon after it was mined by the previous owners, Drs. Raul and Helen Madrid, and in their collection for a decade until recently. Comes with custom lucite base. Photo and video by Joe Budd. A video can be seen at this link: