Species: Beryl var. Aquamarine
Locality: Chumar Bakhoor, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Dimensions: 9.5 x 6 x 4 cm.
Aquamarine from Chumar Bakhoor, a pegmatite district located at an elevation of 5,520 meters in the Sumayar Valley of Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, may be the “Brazilian amethyst of gem crystals” to some collectors… in other words, there has seemingly been so much material on the market that we have become ‘desensitized’ to it. However, like anything, truly fine examples are actually rather scarce, and this very aesthetic 9.5 cm. wide example is one of my favorite specimens from the Herb Gregor (1928-2020) collection recently just acquired. The aquamarine crystals are glassy, undamaged, have good blue color, and bright surface luster that make them really sparkle and shine in the light. The crystals form an aesthetic grouping with matrix and this fine specimen can be displayed from multiple angles. Ex. Herb Gregor collection. Annette Slade photo.