Aquamarine
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Hunza Valley, near Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan <br /><br />2 3/8" tall <br /><br />This is a high quality Pakistani matrix aquamarine because it possesses the following list of desirable traits: <br /><br />(a) All of the crystal faces are as lustrous as polished glass. The only exception is the c-face of the termination which is lightly frosted. Since this face is so small, the frosting makes practically no difference to the esthetics of this specimen. <br /><br />(b) The color of the aquamarine is pleasing. <br /><br />(c) Most of the aquamarine in this piece is of facet quality. <br /><br />(d) All of the edges, faces and vertices of the aquamarine crystal are pristine. <br /><br />(e) The aquamarine crystal is attached to a little bright-white crystalline orthoclase. Hence, this piece is a matrix specimen. Matrix specimens of aquamarine in this size are much less common than loose crystals. <br /><br />(f) The termination of the aquamarine crystal is relatively unusual. Most aquamarine crystals are simple hexagonal prisms. In contrast, this crystal displays a pyramidal termination truncated at the top by a broad c-face.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This fine miniature was traded from Blake Barnett of Austin, Texas in late 2012 during a visit to the United States.  I was then sold to Wayne Thompson in mid 2015.  It is now part of a private collection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p>
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