Dims: 1.7" x 0.2" x 0.2"(4.3 x 0.5 x 0.5 cm)
Wt: 2.2 g
SIGHAR, Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan
I believe that this is one of the more attractive Aquamarine crystals in our present stock. It is long and slender, with excellent hexagonal prismatic form and double basal terminations which are both partially truncated by very small secondary faces. Aside from a single, tiny conchoidal chip in one prism edge, it is free from damage. Though it appears nearly colorless when looking through its prism faces, its pale blue-green hue is more readily visible when viewing it through either basal face. Its smooth faces show its vitreous luster, and it is transparent and quite clear. There are "zones" of inclusion about 0.2- 0.3" (5- 8 mm) from and more or less aligned with each basal face. One "zone" consists of two veil-like inclusions and perhaps a small internal fracture, whereas the other one is made up of several tiny, included muscovite crystals. The rest of the crystal's length is relatively free from inclusions. I have placed it in a domed thimble box for display.