5.4" Pristine Aquamarine, Tourmaline and Albite Association - Pakistan

This exceptionally beautiful, 5.4" wide white albite (var. cleavelandite) crystal matrix contains a pristine, double terminated aquamarine crystal and black tourmaline crystals. It comes from the Skardu area of Pakistan, a location renown for its stunning mineral associations, with high quality aquamarine being one of the most sought after minerals. This aquamarine crystal has sky-blue coloration and excellent transparency.

The aquamarine crystal measures 1.5" long and the entire specimen measures 5.4 x 3.8 x 2.4".

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, Tourmaline var. Schorl & Albite var. Cleavelandite
Skardu Area, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Entire Specimen: 5.4 x 3.8 x 2.4". Aquamarine Crystal: 1.5" Long