Aquamarine on muscovite
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Near Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan <br /><br />4 1/2" across <br /><br />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. <br /><br />For further emphasis, this specimen is a top quality Pakistani aquamarine for the following reasons: <br /><br />(a) All of the aquamarine crystal faces are as lustrous as polished glass. <br /><br />(b) The color of the aquamarine is moderately intense. <br /><br />(c) All of the edge and vertices of the aquamarine crystals are pristine. <br /><br />(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. <br /><br />(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. <br /><br />(f) The color and texture contrasts between the matrix and the aquamarine crystals is pleasing to the eye. <br /><br />(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. <br /><br />(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. <br /> <br />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. <br /><br />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.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was bought from Mohammed Sofi of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at the Tucson Show in 2010.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia   </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p>
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