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English: Albite, Beryl
Locality: Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: cabinet, 9.4 x 7.9 x 5.6 cm
Aquamarine on Albite
A REALLY STRANGE, matrix, unrepaired aquamarine that looks as if it is about to rocket off the matrix from its connecting stalk of aqua-fire. This whole crystal, solution-etched uncharacteristically from the bottom up to form a tapered crystal in the reverse of the usual habit, is complete all around. It is very gemmy and the micro-faces on the sides give it a real sparkly look. The termination is lustrous, glassy, and complete. You can display this a number of ways to look at either the whole ethereal crystal, or to stare down through the termination, through the narrowing stalk of aquamarine, to the matrix beneath: literally, you can see almost ALL THE WAY DOWN through the 3-inch crystal to its insertion point in the matrix ! it actually pokes through and comes out the other side, about 1 cm in diameter at that point. And this confuses the heck out of me. How could it etch out in such a way, tapering from the bottom up, if the very bottom is embedded in matrix?! Maybe the albite grew simultaneously, enclosing the crystal as it formed in solution? VERY STRANGE, in any case! 9.4 x 7.9 x 5.6 cm
Deutsch: Albit, Beryll
Fundort: Shigar Valley, Skardu, Baltistan, Nordgebiete, Pakistan (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 9.4 x 7.9 x 5.6 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/pics/rlu1a.jpg, Description: http://www.mindat.org/photo-43608.html
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