Aquamarine on muscovite
description: LOCALITY: Northern Areas, Pakistan 4 1/2" across It is a spectacular cluster of medium-blue aquamarine crystals on an attractive matrix of silvery-white, undamaged muscovite. A sharp "book" of silver-white muscovite is attached to near the back of the crystal group. For further emphasis, this specimen is a top quality Pakistani aquamarine for the following reasons: (a) All of the aquamarine crystal faces are as lustrous as polished glass. (b) The color of the aquamarine is moderately intense. (c) All of the edge and vertices of the aquamarine crystals are pristine. (d) The aquamarine crystals are "perched" in the center of a well proportioned and esthetic matrix. High quality matrix specimens are generally rarer and hence more valuable than loose crystals. (e) The matrix is esthetic. Instead of the matrix being a more common and relatively ugly rock matrix, this piece displays an attractive matrix of silvery, undamaged, free standing muscovite crystals. (f) The color and texture contrasts between the matrix and the aquamarine crystals is pleasing to the eye. (g) This piece is particularly desirable since it consist of a bold and sculptural CLUSTER of aquamarine crystals on matrix. Most other matrix aquamarine specimens are only single crystals. (h) The hexagonal, silvery-white "book" of muscovite attached to the back of the two dominant aquamarine crystals adds a lot to the esthetics of this piece. This feature renders this wonderful specimen even more "memorable" so it stands out over literally thousands of other lesser Pakistani aquamarine specimens. The largest aquamarine crystal contains one internal veil which extends to the surface. This veil was cleaned and sealed with acrylic resin at "Mile High Mineral" in Denver, Colorado. Enhancements on high value gem crystals are not uncommon. This is especially so since it is generally not possible to know whether or not a sealed veil is present simply by looking at the crystal. Unlike me, most venders will not disclose repair or restoration to a purchaser if they can get away with it. Most will certainly not put any statement on the public record which relates to repair or restoration.
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