Dims: 2.3" x 1.4" x 0.8" (5.8 x 3.6 x 2.0 cm)
Wt: 16.6 g
Vittoria Mine, Esprito Santo, Brazil
This lovely piece consists of at least 15 intergrown Aquamarine crystals. They range in length from 1 mm to 2.3" (5.8 cm), and though many of them are damaged and missing their terminations, they do not detract much from the specimen as a whole. This is due to the fact that the largest crystal shows an exceptional and unusual form. Its hexagonal prism starts to taper about halfway up its length, and gradually narrows to a fine, sharp point. I had not seen this occurrence in Aquamarine before I laid eyes on this piece. The other crystals have the more standard prismatic form and are capped with basal faces, where intact. All have a blue-green color that is unusually dark for the crystals' size and a luster that ranges from pearly to vitreous. They are all transparent and show noticeable clarity, though the larger crystals tend to contain many internal fractures. There is no host rock- the crystals' intergrowth holds them together.