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Aquamarine

07357

Locality

Nagar, Hunza Valley, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Dimensions

14 cm x 17 cm x 17 cm

Weight

3,027 g

Description & Provenance

Aquamarine is a blue variety of beryl that has long been prized as a precious stone and has been utilized in jewelry for thousands of years by numerous ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. It derives its name from the Roman term for “water of the sea” and was believed to be a treasure of the mermaids that would protect sailors during their journeys.

Fine aquamarine specimens are primarily recovered from mines in Pakistan and Brazil. Although Brazil typically produces the highest quality aquamarine itself, specimens tend to be aesthetically limited due to the fact they are almost always single crystals that have detached from their matrices. This is a large aquamarine from the Nagar mine in Pakistan. It is grown upon a matrix of silvery, bladed muscovite and hearty albite crystals. Specimens from the Nagar mine are often associated with the some degree of the mineral muscovite, but here the size and condition of the muscovite matrix, along with the unusual addition of albite crystals is very unique for the locality. The Aquamarine has beautiful soft blue color of large size, and its combination of three different mineral species adds both interesting textures and unusual form, making for an impactful display of the coveted species.

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