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RM828   Beryl (aquamarine) with albite

Dasso, Skardu, Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan

A very curious aquamarine crystal showing a well developed prism and a very interesting termination, not very common for the species. We can see at the top, the sharp faces of the dipyramid. On this terminal faces have grown another crystals finishing on the top by a dipyramid truncated by the pinacoid. It has a slight bluish tone. Transparence and brilliance are very good. It is very vertically disposed on albite crystals matrix. A crystallographic gemmy specimen.


Size: 7,0 x 4,2 x 2,7 cm.
Main crystal: 29 x 8 mm.

 

RM825   Beryl (aquamarine) with albite, fluorapatite and dravite

Dasso, Shigar Valley, Skardu, Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan

Excellent group of doubly terminated aquamarine crystals showing a well developed prism and a very interesting terminal faces: the first order dipyramid truncated by the pinacoid. It has a slight bluish tone, near colorless. Transparence and brilliance are very good. With some unknown reddish inclusions (rutile?). Accompanied by some aquamarine doubly terminated crystals, albite-feldspar, dravite and colorless fluorapatite (between two V beryl crystals, see photo). A gemmy specimen.


Size: 6,0 x 5,5 x 4,0 cm.
Main crystal: 21 x 8 mm.
Found in 2013.

 

RM653   Beryl (aquamarine) with muscovite and albite

Dasso, Shigar Valley, Skardu, Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan

Excellent aquamarine crystal showing a well developed prism and a very interesting termination, not very common for the species. We can see at the top, the sharp faces of the first order dipyramid, with one isolated face (curious!) of a third order dipyramid. Moreover, the apex is truncated by the pinacoid. It has a slight bluish tone, near colorless. Transparence and brilliance are very good. On the faces of the prism some groups of muscovite and albite crystals have grown. It is very vertically disposed on a white matrix of albite with muscovite, with a small another aquamarine. A gem on matrix.


Size: 5,4 x 3,5 x 3,3 cm.
Main crystal: 50 x 12 mm.
Found in 2013.

 
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