2.4" Double-Terminated Aquamarine Crystal with Muscovite - Pakistan

This is a phenomenal, 1.48" long, double-terminated aquamarine crystal from the Skardu area of Pakistan. It has fantastic light blue color, exceptional luster, and has pristine terminations across both ends. It is naturally associated with a cluster of muscovite mica crystals along one side. The entire specimen measures 2.4 x 1.85".

Aquamarine is a blue-green variety of beryl. Oddly enough, it owes its color to iron(II) and iron(III) cations within the crystal lattice, of which iron(II) is responsible for the blue color, while iron(III) is responsible for the yellow color. The color vibrance and hue are dependent on the concentration of these cations, or lack of one or the other. The presence of both cations in the right position within the crystal lattice, can result in a deep blue colored crystal that is known as "maxixe".
FOR SALE
$395
DETAILS
SPECIES
Beryl var. Aquamarine & Muscovite Mica
LOCATION
Skardu, Skardu Area, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
SIZE
Entire specimen: 2.4 x 1.85". Aquamarine crystal: 1.48" tall
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#207191