Aquamarine with Quartz, on Muscovite
Pingwu mine, Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang, Sichuan, China
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.2 x 3.1 cm
Ex. Dr. Stephen Smale

Pingwu has produced Aquamarines that are almost unique in form, and quite beautiful in their own right. In particular, these hexagonal Aquamarines tend to be tabular, which is rare, and they are often gemmy and superbly lustrous. This small cab has Aquas that are just that, and the light, water-clear, blue color adds even more to the aesthetics. The crystals range up to 2.8 cm, corner to corner, and they are associated with a 4 cm, terminated Quartz crystal that spans across a few of the Aquamarines. All sit atop a matrix of bladed and pearly Muscovite crystals. Good in the pics, you just can't fully appreciate how gemmy and bright these crystals are until you see them lit up in person. Ref: The Mineralogical Record 36(1), 45-57. Choice for the size, ex Smale Collection