Aquamarine With Schorl
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 7.4 x 4.5 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
One of the most aesthetic pieces to my eye, in the lot I saw, this 6.5-cm-tall crystal stands front and center, backed up by crystallized feldspar matrix and schorl accents. The drama of the piece is obvious in the photo. The crystal is freestanding for over half its height, is complete all around, and has almsot no edge wear at all. It is as close to pristine as you can get from here. 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, are unusually fine for this locale