Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 4.2 x 3.9 cm
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
Ex. Charlie Key
An exquisite specimen, one of my absolute favorites, featuring a sharp, VERTICALLY upright aqua perched on matrix of crystallized msoky quartz. From Erongo, the smoky quartz association is uncommon but you find it from time to time. Pakistan occasionally has aquas in association with smoky quartz, but generally not with aqua of this caliber. The aqua itself is pristine and measures 2.5 cm tall (1 inch!) x 2 x 1.5 cm. When we got it from Charlie, it was coated by a thick layer of iron oxide "rust," which has been removed to reveal the perfection underneath - the caoting kept this exposed crystal pristine! Also, unusual for the Erongo aquas, this has a wonderfully bevelled termination AND extraordinary gemminess. Most Erongo aquas, although pretty and good blue in color, lack this kind of solid gemminess to them...hence, this is an exceptionally premium quality crystal on its own merit, aside from its matrix association.