Aquamarine With Schorl
Cabinet, 11.0 x 6.7 x 5.0 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Ivory colored feldspar is the matrix for a plate of intergrown, lustrous, black, schorl crystals, to 2.5 cm across, upon which are emplaced several, glassy and gemmy, intensely colored, blue aquamarine crystals, to 4 cm in length. A few aqua crystals on the right side are unterminated either by contact or damage; but the major cluster of 8 aquamarines at the left, as shown, are all terminated and pristine. Normally I would trim the plate in the middle, leaving a pristine small cab on the left, with those 8 gemmy crystals - and at a higher price for the perfection. However, the large cluster of schorl is such nice contrast, I just left the piece large still, as the blue-black contrast really does add visually, I feel.