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Beryl - etched crystal
stock #23.1-660
Medina Pegmatite field, Pedra Azul District
Minas Gerais, Brazil
2.3 x 1.0 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $360
Pre Tucson

A fine thumbnail of etched green to yellow hue Beryl crystal. This is doubly terminated from the famed Medina finds of Minas Gerais. This color is exactly between a Heliodor and Aquamarine, depending on the type of light it is seen in it will look like either. A very nice thumbnail with tapered termination on one end and a flat one on the other side. Fully transparent, this is an older piece from the 1970 era, ex. Les Hitchings collection. In excellent condition as seen.

Beryl var. Aquamarine, doubly terminated on Muscovite
stock #23.1-561-(DN)
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
7.3 x 4.4 x 3.7 CM (cabinet)
price: $690
Pre Tucson

A choice Aquamarine specimen in excellent undamaged condition having super glassy luster and some excellent zoning with gem clear sections. The main crystal is doubly terminated and a full 6.7 CM long. There are two other smaller gem crystals as well and the specimen is fringed with Muscovite. From the amazing pegmatites of the Shigar Valley (Pakistan) which is the source of most of the world's greatest Aquamarines. Before the discovery of this rugged area such specimens were incredibly rare and very costly. Due to the size and quality of the discoveries here, the prices of such choice pieces is now far more accessible for collectors. Of course, no source in the mineral world lasts forever and these will always be desirable. An excellent value.

Beryl var. Aquamarine with Albite, Muscovite
stock #6.2-639
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan Province, China
5.6 x 4.2 x 3.3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $320
Late Summer 2021

A modern classic, an early Xuebaoding type Beryl from Pingwu vintage 2004 season. The Beryl is very glassy the broad faces of the tabular crystal have complex geometric facets from both etching and multiple recrystallizations. The outer narrow faces are sharp and glass-like. Just one narrow edge has some damage not visible from most logical viewing angles but overall the condition is outstanding. The most prominent Albite crystal is a blocky type with pearly luster making a nice contrast. This form of tabular Aquamarine Beryl is rare worldwide but this high elevation locale has almost all of its Beryl in this form.

Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #20.1-341
Governador Valadares, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
2.7 x 2.2 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $90
new year 2021

A clean and very lustrous gem crystal with a well-defined form. An older Brazilian piece with an unusual habit that is quite different from the typical elongated hexagon. Not super perfect under close inspection as there are some tiny edge nicks, but this still looks fine and has nice color, transparency and crystal form.

Aquamarine - tapered termination, etched crystal
stock #AX-7-058-(162)
Medina Pegmatite field, Pedra Azul District
Minas Gerais, Brazil
5.1 x .5 x .4 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
price: $180
new year 2021

A "needle" of sharp gem-clear Beryl in perfect condition. The sides are etched along the "C" axis and the termination is the uncommon pointed, tapered type. Ex Larry White collection; this dates to the late 70's early 80's vintage.

Beryl var. Aquamarine with Schorl and Quartz
stock #15.1-448
Erongo Mountain, Karibib
Erongo Region, Namibia
4.2 x 3.2 x 3.6 CM (miniature)
price: $60
new year 2021

A cute Erongo combo specimen that has several doubly terminated Aquamarine crystals splayed on a mixed crystalline matrix. The Beryls have some transparency but overall they are a milky translucent. The Erongo Mountains have endless varieties of interesting minerals and produce enough volume that nice things can be found at any price point.

Beryl variety Aquamarine with internal open tubes
stock #19.1-428
Padre Paraiso, Jequitinhonha Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
5 x 1.2 x .8 CM (miniature)
price: $280
Spring 2020

Gem clear terminated Beryl crystal that has several inner channels or tubes. There is one small tube that opens in the middle of the termination but the others are closed inside the prism. In excellent condition a nice pale green crystal with a termination that has both a tapering form and a flat top. It is incredible how many variations and modifications of Beryl that have been found over the years, and Brazil in particular has been the source of many unique habits.

Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #6.2-080
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
Sichuan Province, China
6.6 x 4.7 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $600
Spring 2020

A big (4.3 CM) Aquamarine crystal rises above the Muscovite matrix and is unusually well exposed. This is the wide tabular crystal habit that is rare worldwide but at Mt. Xuebaoding was the normal form. This is an older piece from mining in the 2004 season. Later digging restrictions (for Panda habitat protection) have closed most of the higher elevation areas above Pingwu where this came from. Other mining continues in the region but the mineral production is different. These Beryl are modern classics and while they were rather commonly available 6 years ago they are now quite rare on the market. This specimen is well better than average for the clarity, form and esthetics. In fine condition as seen this is better in person too.