Beryl var. Aquamarine (Published, 1970)
Pedra Azul, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 11.5 x 7.7 x 7.2 cm
Ex. Dr. Hermann Bank; William (Bill) Larson
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This cabinet piece from the long held Larson/Pala Intl beryl collection is a large, sparkling, sculptural example of the highly etched aquamarines that made this old find in Pedra Azul so unique. First found in the 1960s, to this day, they are legendary and special for the surreal formations and sparkle of the pastel blue aquamarine, which shows heavy solution etching that results in fractal and complex patterns. It was found and already in the Pala beryl collection by the late 1970s, as it came from earlier finds here (and the collection has been exhibited to 1000s of people since the 1970s!). I am told that it is pictured in the classic book Precious Stones and Minerals (1970) by Professor Dr. Hermann Bank of Idar-Oberstein, and it was in his collection until exchanged out by Bill Larson & Peter Bancroft in the late 1970s. The shocking complexity of form combined with sparkle and a pleasant pastel blue color makes these unique, even decades later. Specimens of this size seldom turn up on the market. They have a unique beauty to them, probably best captured by the human eye in person, as they look like ice sculptures more than anything else. Many collectors in fact refer to them as "blue ice" in style. 638 grams - nearly 2 pounds!