Aquamarine With Schorl
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 8.6 x 5.7 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
This specimen features a large, fat aqua impaling the matrix of schorl and hyalite opal. The aqua actually DOES run all the way through, and sticks out the other side. It is 7 cm long, though only 4-4.5 cm sticks up from the matrix after it passes through. The aqua is pristine and undamaged, though some of the schorls surrounding it are broken and have edge wear. Nevertheless, a very dramatic specimen for the size and price range, and the aqua itself is, again, pristine. It has the most robust deep blue color I have seen before in an Erongo specimen, with a translucent and deeply colored body and a gemmy termination atop. The intense color, and large size, combined with luster and a contrasting schorl association, all conspire to make this a special pocket considered by those who saw them recently at the Denver show to be among the best aqua finds here in about a decade of quite sporadic aquamarine mining.