Aquamarine With Schorl
Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.0 x 6.0 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia

A whopping 10 x 3 x 2.2 cm crystal, doubly-terminated, sits astride a cluster of fat schorl crystals (on albite core matrix). This crystal is HUGE for the locality, and has the robust deep blue color of this new pocket.. It is actually complete all around, and has both terminations, though with a small bit of edge wear on one end (very minor) and a bit of contacting where it grew against something, on the smaller and tapered end. 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. This would be a dramatic specimen from anywhere, of course. The schorl association, and the size of the crystal, make it a major example from this find.