Dims: 4.5x2.5x0.9" (11.4x6.5x2.3 cm)
Wt: 6.1 oz. (173 g)
Zhaoton, Sichuan Provence, China
This hand specimen of beryl is a bit too clear and colorless to be called aquamarine, although it shares the crystal shape of some very nice Chinese aquamarine that I have seen. There are perhaps two dozen crystals, some of which are intergrown, on the surface of the quartzite base. There are also numerous needls of schorl tourmaline, including many schorl needles growing through the beryl. Much of the appeal of this specimen is due to the radiating tourmaline inclusions in the otherwise extremely transparent beryl crystals, which are undamaged.