Gallery 5 Aquamarine and other Beryl Specimens
B-236 Aquamarine (DT) $500
Taplejung District, Province No. 1, Nepal
6.3 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm
A mostly clear & double terminated crystal of Aquamarine from Nepal. This crystal has a light-blue color at its base changing to a deeper hue about one third of the way up the crystal. Both terminations are intact with the upper one being slightly etched. Specimens of pegmatite minerals from Nepal are few and far between.
B-218 Aquamarine $120
Santa Teresa Mountains, Aravaipa District, Graham County, AZ
2.6 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm
Aquamarine is almost unheard of and far down on the list when you think of minerals from Arizona. This specimen along with a handful of others were collected from a single pocket between 2004-2009. This excellent diverging cluster of lustrous & translucent, parallel-growth crystals has frosted prism faces of a cornflower-blue hue and has a deep-blue color when viewed down its c-axis.
B-200 Beryl variety Heliodor $95
Padre Paraíso, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.3 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm
This crystal has a medium yellow color and an Aquamarine-colored, modified termination. This crystal shows unusual etching patterns around its surface which makes for a texture that feels just a little bit rough to the touch, although it certainly appears smoother from a distance. The visual effect is to make the surface more sparkly from the extra minute reflection points. Classic Brazilian Beryl from a modern-day classic location.
B-240 Emerald $80
Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
8.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm
This specimen is one of the largest beryl crystals that I have seen from this location. This crystal has some small areas that are nearly clear with a rich, green hue. The crystal is complete all around with a small area of contact on its lower portion. The Brumado area is best known for the large Magnesite crystals that occur there as well as for vividly colored Uvite & stunning reddish pink Topaz crystals. this specimen is from a find from 12-13 years ago.
B-241 Aquamarine $40
Padre Paraíso, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.1 x .9 x .6 cm
A very clear Aquamarine with a light blue color and a hollow center that has been filled with pocket clay. This crystal is much clearer the the photos convey. Oddly, unlike almost all of the beryl found at this location, this crystal is not etched at all.
B-234 Aquamarine $40
Marambaia, Caraí, Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.1 x .8 x .5 cm
An interesting and very gemmy example of Aquamarine from Brazil. This etched crystal has a pleasing blue-green color. Marambaia has long been known for the Beryl crystals that can be found there. The largest Aquamarine crystal ever found at this famous location weighed in at an impressive 243 lbs and was recovered in 1910.
B-205 Aquamarine on Quartz $250
Tirschenreuth, Oberpfalzer Wald, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, Germany
4.8 x 3.4 x 4.6 cm.
An exceptionally nice (especially for Germany) translucent, pale green-blue aquamarine crystal, perched on a matrix of Quartz. Beryl specimens from Germany are few and far between and are usually not terminated. When they are it is usually a flat termination that is often crude. Not only is this Aquamarine terminated, the termination is a Pyramidal one. Another interesting feature of this Aqua is that it is slightly curved along its c-axis. This is most likely an older German specimen from the 1800's.
B-211 Emerald $50
Pizzo Marcio North Dike, Pizzo Marcio, Trontano, Ossola Valley, Piedmont, Italy
5 x 4 x 3.5 cm
This piece is a classic Val Vigezzo Emerald featuring a prismatic, light green, hexagonal crystal measuring 1.5 cm on matrix. The locality of Pizzo Marcio in Italy is one of the more unique localities in the European Alps. It's an interesting pegmatite locality that is most well known for its Emerald specimens, but it also produces zeolites, metallic oxides and even rare-earth species.
B-222 Aquamarine $30
Deo Darrah, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
2.7 x 2.5 x 1.6 cm
An example of alkali-rich Aquamarine from a region in Afghanistan that is better known for its endless Lapis deposits and fine-quality Hackmanite specimens. This specimen features 4 translucent, color-zoned, tabular Aquamarine crystals. Blue Beryl crystals from this locality were originally described as Vorobyevite, however analysis has shown no noticeable cesium level (but with higher levels of sodium and calcium) so it is essentially an alkali-rich beryl.
B-202 Beryl variety Aquamarine $75
Padre Paraíso, Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.2 x 1.4 x 1.5 cm.
A gemmy and stout, single crystal of Aquamarine with a greenish-blue color and better clarity than can be seen in these photographs. This crystal has a color that is pleasing to the eye. This crystal shows unusual etching patterns around its surface which makes for a texture that feels just a little bit rough to the touch, although it certainly appears smoother from a distance. A fine Brazilian Beryl from a modern-day classic location.
B-158 Aquamarine-Morganite with Tourmaline & Albite $675
Mawi Pegmatite, Du Ab District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
8.5 x 8.7 x 4.8 cm.
I'm not sure where to start describing this specimen as it has a lot going for it. First off, I'll start by saying this; Morganite-Aquamarine combination crystals are pretty rare and when you can find them they are almost always Morganite with an Aquamarine center or one side is pink and the other is blue. You almost never see a bi-colored tabular Beryl with a Morganite core with the outer part of the crystal being Aquamarine. The combination of the pink and blue of the Beryl crystal along with the dark-green\black Tourmaline crystals (some of which penetrate the Beryl crystal with several of them being olive-green and quite transparent) and a whitish jacket of Albite make for a stunning contrast of colors. This specimen has no damage and is complete. The largest of the Tourmaline crystals shows signs of having broken while in situ, but has been re-healed, as is indicated by the growth hillocks that are visible on the end of the crystal. This aesthetic specimen has been used in my competitive exhibits and has been part of numerous 1st place displays.
B-151 Beryl variety Aquamarine $120
Erongo Mountain, Erongo Region, Namibia
6 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm.
What can I say about Erongo Aquamarines that hasn't been said before? So I'll mostly let the pictures do the talking. This crystal possesses a good deep, inky-blue color grading from opaque to translucent to transparent at its nearly colorless termination.
B-143 Morganite and Muscovite $100
Elizabeth R. Mine, Pala District, San Diego, California
4.2 x 4 x 2.5 cm.
Here we have a good representative specimen of Morganite that can be found at the Elizabeth R. Mine on Chief Mountain, Pala, Northern San Diego County, California. This pale-pink Morganite is nearly a floater, save for a portion of the bottom where it was attached to its matrix. Accenting this Morganite specimen is a cluster of Muscovite.
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