3.2" Gemmy Aquamarine Crystals On Muscovite - Pakistan

This is a fantastic, specimen of gemmy, light blue, Aquamarine crystals on a matrix of Muscovite. It was collected in the Baltistan region of Pakistan and the entire piece measures 3.2 x 2.8" wide. The aquamarine crystals are nicely terminated and have fantastic color. Comes with an acrylic display stand.

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".
Beryl var. Aquamarine, Muscovite
Baha, Baltistan, Pakistan
Entire Piece 3.2x2.8", Largest Crystal 1.55" wide