6.4 x 3.8 x 2.6 CM (cabinet)
Worldwide mix summer
A big deep green Beryl (109 grams) from the I. Cook collection, which we are told was obtained in the sixties from Schortmann minerals. Schortmann was very active in those years buying and selling important vintage European collections. We suspect this piece is from one of those old purchases. The exact locality data is minimal "Urals, Russia" is all we have. This has similarity to several classic locales but we do not want to guess. The color is close to an Emerald green but is better described as an oil green. Several areas are gemmy and this is doubly terminated (crudely) and has a few zones of etching. Rotating the crystal in front of Polarized light this changes to a deep indigo blue color, the effect can be seen using a computer screen and is striking. An attractive, mysterious specimen.
Beryl- Highly etched gem crystal
Hohenstein Massif, Omaruru District
8.8 x 2.6 x 2.2 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A very odd, beautiful and choice gem Beryl that reminds of the famed Ukrainian Heliodore, yet this is an Erongo specimen. In fine condition, all sides of this crystal are stepped and etched with complex, faceted faces. Close to 100 percent facetable gem grade transparency and 44 grams of green to yellowish color, like a midpoint between Aquamarine and Heliodore. We recently (2017) obtained this in Namibia where it was the best and largest of a single pocket. So far there seems to be no more. Doubly terminated (crudely) and in our experience, unique.
An older, quite attractive Pakistani Beryl that is almost has a Heliodore hue but not quite. The two prisms are well terminated and have an unusual melted look . There is Rutile as well in several spots. Attractive arrangement, no breaks or repairs.
Unusual habit Aquamarine ex. John Marshall Collection. The main crystal is 3.4 CM across the termination face, with an etched cavity in the center that bells out inside the crystal. The there is also a 2.2 CM Hydroxy-herderite crystal on the back side as a bonus. Good condition and a very nice "oddity" from this prolific region.
A nice, clear, sharp undamaged small specimen that won't break the bank! ex Larry White collection, the tip of the Beryl is glass clear and the main shaft has a milky internal zone. It still is possible to find an affordable specimen that is a perfect condition, esthetic miniature.
From an old small find of these exotic, tapered habit gem beryls, this is a very nice, clean example. Excellent condition, with great texture, color and form, this is not a typical Beryl at all! Ex Larry White collection.
An unusual Beryl crystal, from a find several years ago (1960's) that produced these odd specimens. Bright glassy luster, a deep translucent bluish white zone at the base changes to a clear blue green near the termination. There is micro chipping on some edges, as all pieces had from this find, despite this the specimen is the most pristine I have seen of this style. A very different Beryl that is certainly rare!
I believe that the area near Pingwu, China is one of the greatest mineral locaties ever. Some amazing quality minerals are well known but usually not many variations. However, this is not a typical Xuebaoding Aqua! In 2007 I purchased a small lot in China that were unusualy elongated beryls that were bi-color (white to blue). I expected there would be many more, but there were not, the habit is very rare and not found since. We originally sold this piece in 2007, I am glad to have it back. It has the largest crystals I have seen from this find (4.8 CM) and it displays super well. No damage at all on the display side, there is matrix contact on the back. The crystals are well arranged on the minimal matrix which is the usual albite and muscovite. Most of the terminations show an unusual hoppering that is also unique to this one find.