Beryl Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
95 x 80 x 53mm

It’s amazing to think that prior to Pakistan, it was nearly impossible to find a gem quality Aquamarine crystal on matrix from any locality. Places like Brazil and Russia were/are the some of the best known sources for Aquamarines, but they were almost never found on matrix. For me, this is a one-of-a-kind Aqua, and without question, a unique specimen. An unusually tapered crystal of crystal-blue color, GEM quality Aquamarine stands proudly on a somewhat feathery mound of white, bladed Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”). The Aqua has a wonderful presence that is complemented by its attractive modified hexagonal form with a gentle blending of sharp crystal faces, and subtle etching patterns along the prism. Due to the WATER-CLEAR transparency of the crystal, it was somewhat difficult to photograph, but you can literally look through the pinacoid and see all the way straight through to the matrix. The first and second order pyramidal modifications on the termination are a great touch to this already impressive and highly desirable cabinet sized display specimen. For the size, quality and showiness, it is competitively priced against many others on the market. This one certainly stands out amongst so many other Pakistani Aquas out there, and due to the pleasing aesthetic balance of the piece, it would show beautifully in a display case.
Reference:AQUAPAK611
minID: 3MM-YL6

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