AQUAMARINE & SCHORL

03482

Locality

Erongo Mountains, Karibib District, Namibia

Dimensions (H x W x D)

8.7 x 6.5 x 4.7 cm

Weight

174 g

Description & Provenance

Vastly popular in both jewelry and mineral collecting, aquamarine is adored for its propensity for translucence, luster, and beloved light-blue color. When all factors align, aquamarine crystals look like vials of encapsulated water, so much so, fine-quality crystals can give the sensation of holding the ocean in one’s hand. Depending on its place of origin, aquamarine crystals may exhibit vast differences, such as etched, tapered bodies or sharp, elongated, hexagonal columns. They may also come accompanied by secondary minerals that change the impact and presence of the aquamarine specimen overall. Unique combinations such as white albite, red garnets, silvery muscovite or icy quartz all affect the visual impact of the specimens differently and each can be appreciated for their own particular contribution. Among the variants is the striking juxtaposition of aquamarine and black tourmaline (or ‘schorl’), a collector’s favorite for its dramatic contrast and intensity, created by a tranquil blue against inky, opaque black. The combination is so particular and popular, it’s often referred to by its nickname, “aquaschorl,” which is understood immediately by any seasoned collector.

This is a dynamic example with vivid, sky-blue aquamarine crystals; they have sharp, prismatic, hexagonal forms. Positioned front and center is the primary crystal, a prominent focal point that has formed horizontally, ideally positioned to flaunt its excellent morphology. It has doubly terminated ends that are unobstructed and distinct. The secondary aquamarine crystals spray outwards at approximate 45-degree angles, one to the left and one to the right, making for an incredibly balanced composition. Intense, pitch-black schorl crystals have formed to the back of the aquamarine, allowing them to create a dramatic backdrop. Overall, this artistic specimen boasts a cool combination of minerals that is loved by collectors and would make a great addition to any collection.

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