Aquamarine, Schorl ex. Soltau Coll

Hohenstein, Erongo, Namibia
Small Cabinet, 9.7 x 8.9 x 6.0 cm
Start Time: 02/20/2010 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/04/2010 6:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This is easily one of the most unique combo specimens from the Erongo mountains. It starts with a velvet matrix composed of acicular, lustrous, black schorl, in hair-like crystals up to 1 cm in length. Aesthetically perched upon the schorl are clusters of unusual beryl crystals, highlighted by one measuring 3.5 cm in length. The beryl crystals are lustrous and translucent and have a VERY UNUSUAL pastel, yellow-green color, except for their terminations. The tips on all the larger crystals actually change starkly to a thin layer of aquamarine. Fascinating combination piece, with incredible color contrast - seldom do you find beryls on nice black matrix like this from any locale! This is from a lot buy from the Heini Soltau collections, and was valued at about 1800 euro by me at Munich, when I too ka small lot on consignment.

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