SM21-195
Aquamarine and Muscovite
Pingwu Beryl Mine, Mt Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang, Sichuan, China
Cabinet, 12.7 x 8.5 x 6.2 cm
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Pingwu has produced (over the last 30 years) amazing gemmy Aquamarines that are unique in form compared to other localities around the world, and quite beautiful in their own right. Essentially all Pingwu Aquamarines are tabular, which is rare in habit for the species; and they are often gemmy and superbly lustrous like glass! Their habit is more like Morganite from all other beryl localities, than Aquamarine. Here, on this rich matrix specimen, we see a dozen, pale blue, water-clear, tabular Aquamarine crystals distributed among the sharp and distinct, silvery white, bladed crystals of Muscovite. The Aquas range in size from 1 to 4 cm across and the individual Muscovite blades average 1 cm across. NO DAMAGE to any of those sparkling crystals! There is also a sharp, single, well formed, 2 cm Cassiterite in the lower right corner for added interest and contrast. The composition of this piece is truly exquisite with the big, glassy, pale blue Aquamarine crystals set in and amongst the rosettes and blades of pearly Muscovite, and looking into the edge of the Aquas, the blue color is slightly more intense, approaching sky-blue. The mix of color and texture is very pleasing and aesthetic, and probably better in person than the photos can convey. You can't fully appreciate how gemmy and bright the Aquas are until you see them lit up in person. Ref: The Mineralogical Record 36(1), 45-57. Choice for the size. Great specimens like this with the intense color are uncommon and desirable and this is a superb specimen, way beyond the norm, from the personal collection of a Chinese dealer who sold it to us during COVID. We suspect it was mined some time ago, as combination pieces of this quality simply are not being found recently, despite huge efforts to dig new tunnel on this mountain.