Aquamarine on Quartz With Schorl
Shengus, Skardu, Gilgit, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 19.0 x 13.5 x 6.9 cm
This monstrous matrix aqua features a 5-inch (12.5 cm!) crystal perched nicely amongs and rising from clear quartz and albite matrix, with schorl for accent. It has a complete, lustrous, sharp termination and superb glassiness and transparency throughout the body of the crystal. The combination of size and stark contrast makes this one of the most dramatic aquas for the price I have seen for sale. It does have one repair, but lower down just above the join with the quartz, and not so easily visible. In context, as well, its minimal. The crystal has really attractive, interesting inclusions of small feathery sprays of what I think might be hematite, inside. Never seen...