Gallery 5 Aquamarine & other Beryl Specimens
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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 and 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 in color) and a whitish jacket of Albite make for a good contrast of colors. This specimen has no damage and is a complete crystal. 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 was often used in my competitive exhibits and has been part of numerous 1st place displays.
B-243 Heliodor SOLD
Mantena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
4.5 x 3.6 x 2.4 cm
An etched Heliodor crystal that has a rich honey-gold color and is mostly transparent. The specimen is complete all around. This specimen is my last example from this older find made in the early 1990's. I had thought that I had sold all my examples of this material long ago but just recently came across this one.
B-249 Aquamarine $300
São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
6.4 x 8.1 x 6.7 cm
A heavily etched crystal of Aquamarine. This specimen is complete all around with with the majority of the crystal having a medium blue-green hue. Much of the crystal is translucent to transparent. This specimen is from a small find made in the summer of 2002. The pocket yielded 34 Aquamarine crystals ranging from barely etched to almost completely dissolved, showing only remnants of the original crystal faces. Being a great fan of etched minerals, I couldn't keep myself from purchasing the whole pocket.
B-248 Emerald (double-terminated) RESERVED
Morafeno Emerald Mine, Andonabe, Mananjary, Vatovavy Fitovinany, Madagascar
2.1 x .8 x .6 cm
A doubly-terminated and translucent Emerald crystal with excellent color. The Morafeno Emerald Mine is one of the richest emerald mines in Madagascar and is the largest mine in the southern zone of the Mananjary Emerald district. From 1990 to 1993 it produced several thousand kilograms of Emeralds. Despite being such a prolific producer, specimens from this location are extremely scarce.
B-250 Aquamarine SOLD
Ardeth Lake, Sawtooth Batholith, Boise County, ID
2.3 x 1 x .8 cm
A deep-blue colored and gemmy crystal of Aquamarine from the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. This crystal has been partially etched by hydrothermal activity and is terminated. The Aquamarine specimens from the Sawtooth Batholith of Idaho are well known for their superb color and gemminess. The Aquamarines from the Ardeth Lake Area occur in miarolitic cavities and are arguably the finest Aquamarines from any North American locality. They are seldom available, as the area in which they are found is fairly inhospitable and remote.
(double terminated) $650
Krupskoye Deposit, Izumrudnye Kopi Area, Malyshevo, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia
4.2 x 2.3 x 1.9 cm
A double terminated and richly colored Emerald Specimen from near Malyshevo, Russia. This specimen was mostly covered Biotite when I acquired it and after being prepared it was revealed that it possessed a good translucency and a pleasing inner glow with out being backlit. The upper termination of this Emerald dimpled on one edge. There is no damage to this specimen. The gem deposits in the Malyshevo area were first discovered in the 1830's. Since then the locality has provided superb crystals and gem cutting material of emerald and phenakite. This specimen is of good quality for the deposit.
B-245 Aquamarine $225
Shengus, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.3 x 1.7 x 1.3 cm
A slightly bent (due to tectonic forces) and double terminated crystal of Aquamarine. This specimen has great color. The upper portion of this crystal is gemmy and has a glass-like lustre. The lower portion below the bend has veil-like inclusions but is still pretty clear. The top of this crystal is crowned with several oddly-formed crystals of colorless Beryl.
B-218 Aquamarine $125
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-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-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-244 Beryl with Albite & Muscovite $120
Baha, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.5 x 6.5 x 5 cm
Here we have a combo specimen of bi-colored Beryl, bronze\brass-colored Muscovite and massive, white Albite. The Beryl crystal is double-terminated and has a glassy lustre. An interesting specimen from one of Pakistan's lesser know pegmatite localities.
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-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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