SM22-86
Beryl var. Aquamarine with Schorl on Albite
Shigar Valley, Shigar Dist., Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 17.0 x 15.5 x 11.0 cm
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This is quite simply a gorgeous and impressive large cabinet combination specimen of Aquamarine with Albite and Schorl. The imposing, five inch Aquamarine crystal is water-clear in its upper half, somewhat turbid in its lower half, and has a super glassy luster with good color and a perfect termination, some of the best attributes for a gemstone crystal. It is nested in just the right amount of matrix, and that matrix has large and well-formed, snow-white Albite crystals to 4 cm, and jet-black Schorl Tourmaline crystals to 3 cm for the ultimate polarity in color between them, and fantastic contrast with the stately pale blue Aquamarine that commands attention in the center. There is no damage to the Aqua and only one clean (lock-fit) repair near the base. Taken together, you can see the impact makes this a fantastic piece for the discriminating collector as one of the finer examples in its size and price range. From a remarkable 2020 find.