Aquamarine with Quartz

Mt. Xuebaoding, Ping Wu, Sichuan Province, China
Cabinet, 11.6 x 11.4 x 7.6 cm
Start Time: 11/11/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/24/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Aquamarine from Ping Wu is really quite unique compared to aquas form other locales, for its sharp hexagonal crystals that look like morganite from other localities, in habit. Most Ping Wu aquamarine is pale, pastel, or just plain colorless. Good specimens with this intense color, a rich sky blue, are uncommon and desirable. This piece has large crystals to 7 cm, mixed with quartz and on muscovite matrix. The crystals richly cover the matrix, making for a very 3-dimensional specimen. They are gemmy, glasssy, and mostly transparent. In each photo, you can see there are a few faces which glare from the light reflection, an indication of the luster and glassiness of the faces (which makes them hard to photograph, as well). This is just overall a superb specimen, way beyond the norm. I paid $2300 for this IN China when I bought it, uncleaned, via email. I think it is worth $5000 or more, easily. 660 grams...a few it is BIG and showy!

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