Aquamarine (doubly-terminated)

Lamjung District, Gandaki, Nepal
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 03/21/2009 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/07/2009 7:20:52 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

For the locality, this is large (66 grams) and stunningly intense in color. It has a riveting dark blue that is similar to what you see in only the best Pakistani or Brazilian aquamarine crystals, though of course Nepalese aquas are far more hard to come by. Although the termiantions are not smooth and flat, they are nevertheless completely terminated in minute growth steppes, and so this crystal is doubly-terminated. It glows in a case, with color really a notch above all but the best aquas from Pakistan or Brazil. Valued $2000-2500. This came from a small lot of perhaps 10-12 crystals I was shown at Munich, in 2005.