Beryl var. Aquamarine (published in 1970)
Marambaia, Carai, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 14.8 x 5.8 x 4.8 cm
Ex. Dr. Hermann Bank; William (Bill) Larson
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Before discoveries in Pakistan, Brazil was THE world source of fine and amazing aquamarines in large size. However, after the last 30 years or so since Pakistani production came to market, many Brazilian aquamarines have been looked on by collectors as less impressive than modern material. Not so with this piece, a huge, impactful specimen of really rather shocking size and color saturation, from the old Brazilian finds. It is 739 grams - 1.7 pounds in weight! This piece is a deeply colored, saturated cluster, itself rare both then and now from Brazil. The color is different from Pakistani material, a blue with a slight tint of green to it (referred to at the time as seafoam blue color). A painting of this specimen before it was cleaned to remove attached mud and matrix bits, is pictured in the classic book Precious Stones and Minerals (1970) by Professor Dr. Hermann Bank of Idar-Oberstein. It has a wonderful complex termination - actually 9 different terminations combined in parallel! Obtained by Bill Larson from his purchase of most of the Professor Dr. Hermann Bank collection in Idar, and where most specimens dated from the early 1900s-1960s; he kept it for his long held private collection of beryls that has been on display in the company store since the 1970s. 739 grams. This is a truly important specimen of historic Brazilian aquamarine, of unusual shape and size, that can hold its own with modern material from Pakistan or Brazil and is, at the same time, visually distinct. Notably, it has no repairs nor damage, or restorations.