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
Mt. Xuebaoding, Pingwu Co., Mianyang Pref.
6.6 x 4.7 4.1 CM (cabinet)
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 V. Aquamarine
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
2.9 x 2.4 x 2 CM (thumbnail)
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.
Beryl v. Aquamarine, Schorl and Albite
Shigar, Skardu District, Baltistan
3.7 x 2.3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A neat toenail of gem clear Beryl set on snow white Albite and glassy black Schorl Tourmaline. From recent finds at Shigar, this is a classic combination. The Schorl has a hoppered termination at one end and the Aquamarine is glass clear and perfect on all sides. An excellent specimen that could be trimmed to thumbnail size if desired but is fine as is.
Tabular Beryl are not known from many localities, and this sort of elongated tabular Beryl is really rare. There are several smaller parallel position additional crystals that are not elongated but the main crystals are which is really unusual. In very good condition, no damage and with fine luster on all sides, this was found in 2007 at Xuebaoding. This form is the flat hexagon with a sharp beveled edges that is so distinctive for this location. Better in person, a choice and rare Beryl.
A bizzare, unique, rare but attractive Aquamarine. From the Erongo Mountains, (Hohenstien Massif) this is a complete, doubly terminated crystal. The flat termination is typical although in this case the corners have modified faces. The real interest is the other termination that is a series of hexagonal steps that are perfectly centered like a stairway or a turret. The 4 main steps or platforms are very flat and some edges have a little etching, the whole is therefore a reversed scepter. Some minor contacting/chipping is noted but overall the condition is excellent. A good display piece but especially a great addition for a suite of Namibian/ Erongo minerals, Beryls or exotic crystal forms.
Fluorite on Beryl (Aquamarine)
Gilgit, Gilgit district
7.3 x 5.2 x 4.6 CM (cabinet)
Late Summer 2018
A choice combination specimen with light pink octahedral Fluorite on gemmy clear Aquamarine. The largest Beryl is 2.5 CM tall and well exposed on the matrix of Muscovite and Albite. This is a typical Northern Pakistan assemblage. The condition is quite fine, good magnification finds some tiny rough spots on a few Beryl edges but this is perfect by naked eye. Ex. William Hladysz collection. Separately both the Beryl and the Fluorite are fairly good but not extraordinary, however in a combination like this they are much more impressive.
An unusual matrix plate well encrusted with Beryl (both Aquamarine and Goshenite) with fine clarity. The unusual part is the habit here, these are not the typical tabular crystals from Xuebaoding, but elongated prisms with truncated pyramids. Xuebaoding is a world famed locale and had produced many fine Beryls but almost always in a rare tabular habit. In 2006 a small zone with some elongated crystals produced these odd habit Beryl. This is a very good example from that find, there have been no more since.