Aquamarine With Schorl
Erongo Mountain, Usakos District, Erongo Region, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 8.2 x 6.2 cm
Even amongst so many unusual association pieces from this pocket, without question this is a very elegant and unusual combo specimen. An ivory-colored feldspar crystal (slightly etched but sharp enough) extends above the lustrous, black schorl crystals (to 3.5 cm across), and is transected by a doubly terminated, glassy and gemmy, intensely-colored, blue aquamarine crystal measuring 6.2 cm in length. That long aqua shows both terminations fully freestanding, and is pristine except for a few very small dings on the top (you must look closely to see them). Other aquas play a minor role as accents, including two that are contacted or broken but only on the back side. The graceful scuptural configuration of this specimen is absolutely first rate! It really hosts and displays the main aqua "front and center."