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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.

Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #20.1-611
Erongo Mountain, Karibib
Erongo Region, Namibia
2.4 x 1. x 1 CM (thumbnail)
price: $70
new year 2021

Choice Aqua thumbnail with fine color from Erongo. A single mostly gem-clear Aquamarine crystal stands on a Microcline matrix with some small Schorl crystals as well. In excellent, undamaged condition, most of the Aquamarine is transparent with the top half having fine clarity. These Erongo Aquamarines are found every few years and are good value for quality to price.

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
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.

Beryl var. Aquamarine
stock #19.1-361
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
2.9 x 2.4 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
price: $110

A clean thumbnail of gem clear Aquamarine on an Albite matrix. The Beryl is flattened along one axis and has the classic flat termination. In perfect condition, super transparent, the crystal faces are mostly flat with minimal striation. Overall a choice small gem from the great Shigar pegmatite zone.