Beryl Var. Aquamarine With Morganite
Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.0 x 7.0 cm
Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
A robust 7 x 6 x 4.5-cm crystal of beryl, perched without repairs on a very well trimmed matrix, makes this a superb, aesthetic example from the late 2007 finds here. These are some of the best matrix beryls we have seen since the 90s, and they have a distinct barrel shape and multihued color to them. This single crystals is blue, pink, and clear all at the same time, in different zones. It is glassy, and has a good termination. Bill Larson helped the miners clean and prepare the pieces from this pocket; and this specimen, and one larger example as well, were his choices from that pocket to keep. This was actually one of the last 2 specimens added to the Pala San Diego collection, just a few months before its sale to me.