Shigar Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.0 x 4.5 cm
Ex. Herb Obodda

A stunning, 3-dimensional cluster of sky-blue Aquamarine crystals that represents one of the top-tier pieces in its size class, this was a signature exhibition specimen for decades in the Obodda collection as shown at the Tucson, Springfield, and Munich shows (and in a special 2011 museum exhibition in Tucson). This stately Aqua consists of two main crystal columns each at three and a half inches in length and an inch or more across! The bottom half of each crystal is interestingly cloudy resembling an internal "fog" that is sharply demarcated by a horizontal zone above which the crystals are completely gem for the remainder all the way to their perfect terminations! All of the crystals of this sumptuous piece have a luster like glass with exceptionally well-formed crystal faces and sharp edges. The terminations are dominated by the pinacoid with slight pyramidal modifications around the top. A two and a half inch Aqua spans the two diagonally across the base for added effect. A prominent gem sidecar crystal is in parallel growth with one of the larger crystals and there are four other long, slender, gem, prismatic Aquas growing in near vertical orientation that evident from the right side and back side of the piece. This pristine cluster is one of the best of this style I have seen over many years, and now such dramatic clusters come as a trickle. This one is particularly nice because of the size of the crystals, the good color, the transparency, the sharp crystals, pristine condition and the wonderful 360-degree displayability. Not to mention that it visible in a display case from across the room! Ex. Herb Obodda collection #1034, and he brought it out of Pakistan himself in the 1980s. 308 grams. It comes with a custom engraved acrylic base and his exhibition label. This piece has a special presence and impact, because of the stark geometry - always has, always will.