Aquamarine With Schorl
Cabinet, 12.8 x 9.4 x 5.2 cm
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Emplaced on ivory colored feldspar are lustrous, black schorl crystals, to 4.0 cm in length. Perched on the schorl are several glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored, blue aquamarine crystals, to 6.1 cm in length. The largest schorl is rather equant in form and the largest aqua is doubly terminated, slicing right across that large schorl for maximal contrast not only of color, but of geometry as well. The center of the specimen is dominated by jewel-like, very gemmy, slender aquas on schorl, all atop the feldspar which you can see in some places underlaying. One schorl was broken and then rehealed over, in situ, making for an odd surface face. As with most of this pocket, there are just a few very unobtrusive dings here or there, but you have to really work hard to find them. Out of all the aquas here, only a few of the very smallest are broken, the rest being terminated well. Overall, this is a large plate with lots of flash, and good 3-dimensionality