Aquamarine With Schorl
Small Cabinet, 9.1 x 7.8 x 5.9 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia

This is one of the most balanced pieces, aesthetically, for blue-on-black, in my whole lot. Fine, lustrous black schorl crystals, to 3 cm across, form the matrix for this specimen. They make up a roseate cluster, complete 360 degrees. The largest schorl crystal is also doubly-terminated. Rising from the center of the schorls are a half dozen, glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquas with the largest reaching 4 cm in length (from its base within the cluster, 3.5 cm freestanding). Only the very slightest wear on some crystal edges has occurred, and otherwise this specimen is pristine. For this particular pocket, where many of the pieces had damage and my source had to be very careful in picking the better specimens, this is remarkable given the exposure of that crystal. Although not the biggest, or most rich in aquas, I value this highly for its stark, simple contrast of both geometry of form and color.