Beryl var: Aquamarine (with rare dark blue ''caps'')

Shengus, Roundu Dist., Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 2.9 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
Start Time: 08/31/2023 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/07/2023 6:48:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $155

Item Description

This piece comes to us from a new find in January of 2023. It is a unique and certainly eye-catching specimen of Aquamarine from Shengus, Pakistan featuring a group of prismatic, sharp, lustrous, translucent hexagonal crystals of light blue colored Aquamarine, but what makes this one special is that they features notably darker blue colored "caps" on the terminations. When you rotate the piece in the light, you can see that the dark blue areas actually show a rare "cat's eye" quality, not typically seen in Beryls from anywhere in Pakistan. A bit of attached Albite and Muscovite can be seen on the piece as well for a nice touch. Overall it's in good shape on the front / display side, but part of the termination has some interrupted growth where it grew against the pocket wall, not damage per se, just incomplete crystal form. You can see glistening striated prism faces all around. Bi-colored Beryls are not terribly common around the world, but to find a piece with such a distinctive and richly colored variance in hue is definitely out of the ordinary. It's hard to say if there will be more of these, so if you collect gem crystals, pegmatite minerals or worldwide Beryls, don't pass up the chance to get your hands on something that stands out from the many Aquas from Pakistan on the market. It's hard to place a fair market value on a piece like this, but I would certainly put it in the $750-$1,000 range.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$155 09/07/2023 6:44:39 pm (CDT)
$145 09/07/2023 6:43:12 pm (CDT)
$135 09/07/2023 6:12:04 pm (CDT)
$125 09/07/2023 6:03:20 pm (CDT)
$115 09/07/2023 1:19:04 pm (CDT)
$110 09/07/2023 1:19:04 pm (CDT)
$100 09/07/2023 1:18:54 pm (CDT)
$90 09/07/2023 1:18:54 pm (CDT)
$80 09/05/2023 1:09:26 am (CDT)
$70 09/04/2023 12:35:49 pm (CDT)
$60 09/03/2023 2:42:45 pm (CDT)
$50 * 09/03/2023 2:42:38 pm (CDT)
$50 * 09/03/2023 2:42:38 pm (CDT)
$45 09/02/2023 6:11:15 pm (CDT)
$40 09/02/2023 6:11:15 pm (CDT)
$25 09/02/2023 5:53:43 pm (CDT)
$20 09/02/2023 4:36:23 pm (CDT)
$15 09/02/2023 2:19:51 pm (CDT)
$10 09/01/2023 5:39:48 pm (CDT)
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