Aquamarine With Schorl
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 4.0 x 2.8 cm
This is a superb, dramatic specimen that while not the biggest, somehow seems to have more oomph than most pieces. It has deeper color, and a more clean aesthetic style, than others from the find that I have seen. The crystal is freestanding, complete all around. The color as you see here is spot on, very intense. Also, it is nearly pristine with just the most minor of edge wear - but more so than nearly any other large crystal in the lot. Most of the more exposed crystals from this pocket, and locale, have significantly more chatter to them. The luster is excellent especially for this locality, from which most aquas are relatively more dull. The symmetry, sharp form, and straight vertical display here make this, for my taste, one of the best in its size class out of 500 pieces or so from the pocket which I have seen. A premium price compared to others of its size, admittedly, but depending on your personal style and what you wish to see in these aquas, it may be "the one." JOE BUDD PHOTO