Aquamarine with Fluorite

Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Large Cabinet, 20.8 x 16.4 x 8.3 cm
Start Time: 07/19/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/28/2009 7:13:43 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This is a dramatic large specimen of aquamarine on its own merit, and as a bonus it has two subtly-colored octohedral fluorites perched in the middle of the aqua cluster! Each fluorite is approximately an inch, transparent and gemmy, and brilliantly sparkling from many etched faces. I have seen the association before, of course, but usually its a fluorite sittign at the edge of a plate, or loose and isolated on mica - seldom do you see the fluorites actually in the midst of the aquas. The plate is nearly pristine, despite its size, which seems a minor miracle of survival. With at least a dozen good large aquas, and the overall dinner-plate-sized display volume here, this is a dramatic piece that is highly representative of this contempoary locality. It weighs in at 4.6 pounds, thus over 2 kilos.

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