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Aquamarine and other Beryls
from Pakistan




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Beryl var. Aquamarine Beryl var. Aquamarine


No. AQUAPAK004 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine "Falcon"

Locality: Skardu, Skardu Road, Haramosh Mts, Gilgit, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 6.4 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm (small cabinet)


Every once in a while you get a crystal that essentially resembles something else in nature. This piece to me looks like it could have been the centerpiece in an ancient ceremonial headdress, or propped on the end of an emperors scepter. It just so happens that the hydrothermal etching that took place in the pocket where this crystal formed caused one of the terminations to etch into the evocative form of the head of a falcon. Ive seen plenty of pieces where people tell me it looks like an animal or some other figure, but you have to strain to see it. Not this one, it truly jumps right out at you. In addition to the unique form of the piece, it is also TOP GEM quality with amazingly lustrous, mirror bright, sharp faces. To top it all off, the piece is actually doubly-terminated as well! You really cant ask for much more with this piece. Etched Aquas usually just look like etched Aquas and nothing more, but I couldnt resist picking this piece up when I found it. Even if it didnt have the indicative form a bird, it is still an amazing quality crystal. Ive sincerely seen nothing like it before.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Teston, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak001a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Teston, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak001b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Teston, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak001c.jpg]


No. AquaPak001 - $ 695.00

Beryl var. Aquamarine

Locality: Teston, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 4.5 x 1.5 x 1.0 cm (miniature)


Pakistan has simply set the standard for gem Aqua crystals versus all other world localities. There is simply no other country that produces high gem quality Aquamarine crystals with the consistency of the Paki pegmatites. This piece is no exception as it consists of one predominant and two secondary very sharp, highly lustrous, extremely well formed, prismatic, gem/gemmy aqua blue color crystals. The main crystal has a nearly pristine termination with only the tiniest little Wilber. It also has an interesting pseudo-phantom included throughout the prism. It has a very silky appearance following the same growth pattern of the crystal in which it is included. A very good quality gem Aqua for the price, considering that the market is commanding very high prices for the top gem specimens.

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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak002a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak002b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak002c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak002d.jpg]


No. AQUAPAK002 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine

Locality: Nyet, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 4.5 x 1.3 x 1.0 cm (miniature)


Pakistan has simply set the standard for gem Aqua crystals versus all other world localities. There is simply no other country that produces high gem quality Aquamarine crystals with the consistency of the Paki pegmatites. This piece is no exception as it consists of a very sharp gem transparent crystal with mirror bright luster along with one second order prism modification and one pyramidal modification. The termination is pristine and none of the faces are at all frosted. There are plenty of gem Aquas on the market, but this one is extremely fine quality. Its a superb quality gem crystal for the price, considering that the market is commanding very high prices for the top gem Aquas.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Shah Nassir Peak, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7065b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Shah Nassir Peak, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7065c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Shah Nassir Peak, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7065a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Shah Nassir Peak, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7065d.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Shah Nassir Peak, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7065e.jpg]


No. AQUAPAK7065 - $ 900.00 SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine

Locality: Shah Nassir Peak, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 2.8 x 2.3 cm (miniature)


Pakistan has produced more top shelf Aquamarine specimens than any other country, but some of the most unique crystals have come from this area as well. With such extensive pegmatites in Pakistan, one is bound to stumble upon a completely unique and one-of-a-kind specimen such as this. This amazing corkscrew-shaped crystal was caused due to hydrothermal etching in the pocket after the crystal had formed. At one time is was a euhedral gem Aqua crystal but due to natural solutions in the pocket and a little bit of luck, this piece managed to etch itself into this most amazing and unusual shape. As the crystal was etched you can see that the termination stayed completely untouched while the center of the crystal was hollowed out but, still leaving partial prism faces intact. For an added touch, there are also some associated Columbite (?) crystals at the base of the specimen. Make no mistake, this is about as three dimensional as a single crystal can get. Ive never seen anything like it, and for Aqua collectors, or collectors of unusually shaped specimens, this piece would make a stellar addition.

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Beryl var. Aquamarine with Apatite-(CaF) from Dassu, Braldu, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak003a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine with Apatite-(CaF) from Dassu, Braldu, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak003d.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine with Apatite-(CaF) from Dassu, Braldu, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak003c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine with Apatite-(CaF) from Dassu, Braldu, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak003b.jpg]


No. AquaPak003 - $ 650.00

Beryl var. Aquamarine with Apatite-(CaF)

Locality: Dassu, Braldu, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 3.9 x 3.5 x 1.7 cm (miniature)


When I was selecting these Aquamarine specimens, I looked for top quality or unusual associations. This specimen is well balanced and highly aesthetic display piece consisting of a stubby tabular Aquamarine crystal with good light aqua blue color, fine luster and sharpness plus a really unique rippled basal termination. Many Aquas have either completely smooth terminations or heavily etched terminations, but this one, while being completely crystallized, is especially unique as it has an almost bubbly uneven termination. The crystal may look opaque in the photos, but it is definitely translucent and even gemmy in areas. To top it off, the Aqua is associated with a few lustrous flattened hexagonal prisms of light purple Apatite-(CaF) at the base. I've seen Topaz associated with Apatite-(CaF) from this locality, but this is the FIRST piece I've seen with this most unusual association of Aquamarine with Apatite-(CaF) ! A great association specimen from this well known pegmatite.

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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7063b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7063a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7063d.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7063c.jpg]


No. AQUAPAK7063 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine

Locality: Nyet Bruk, Braldu Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)


A virtually 100% gem quality crystal with a slightly compressed form and a termination that features both first and second order pyramidal modifications and a small basal pinacoid. The color is a very soft pale blue, and the crystal looks like a piece of sculpted ice. I have to stress that this piece looks better in person than the photos might indicate. Not your typical habit for a GEM Aqua crystal.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7068a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7068c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7068b.jpg]


No. AQUAPAK7068 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine

Locality: Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm (thumbnail)


Here we have a very attractive icy blue etched Aquamarine resembling a caterpillar. The crystal is virtually 100% gem quality, with an accordion-like appearance, but what's most interesting is that the termination has a caldera effect where it dips down in the center and is surrounded by a crown of tiny teeth. A really cool etched Aqua from the same locality that produced the unique Aqua/Morganite bi-color Beryls from last year.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine from Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7067b.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine from Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquapak7067a.jpg]


No. AQUAPAK7067 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine

Locality: Baha, Shigar Valley, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 2.0 x 1.8 x 1.6 cm (thumbnail)


Here we have a very attractive icy blue etched Aquamarine crystal. The specimen is virtually 100% gem quality, with an accordion-like appearance, and a crown-like termination comprised of dozens of little gem quality teeth. A really cool etched Aqua from the same locality that produced the unique Aqua/Morganite bi-color Beryls from last year.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7064c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7064a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7064b.jpg]


No. AQUAMORPAK7064 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite

Locality: Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 2.6 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm (thumbnail)


This is a great rarity for Beryl. A few years ago, I remember seeing some very interesting, rare bi-color crystals of Beryl from Pakistan that were tabular with a pink core and a blue ring surrounding it. These new crystals are even more rare and interesting as they feature the same pink and blue bi-color, but with much more attractive prismatic crystals. This piece features several attractive lustrous, sharp, very well formed, gemmy, crystals with light blue Aquamarine terminations on the ends and pale pink Morganite color at the centers of the crystal. Associated at the base of the specimen is a group of nicely contrasting Albite (var: Cleavelandite) crystals. The Aqua portion of the crystals is much gemmier than the Morganite portions, which is somewhat confusing to me as there is a distinctive cut off point where one color/clarity stops and the other begins. This is a great rarity to find prismatic Morganite from any locality. Any collector who loves unusual and colorful gem crystals should consider this one.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7062a.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7062d.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7062c.jpg] Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7062b.jpg]


No. AQUAMORPAK7062 - SOLD

Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite

Locality: Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.9 cm (miniature)


This is a great rarity for Beryl. A few years ago, I remember seeing some very interesting, rare bi-color crystals of Beryl from Pakistan that were tabular with a pink core and a blue ring surrounding it. These new crystals are even more rare and interesting as they feature the same pink and blue bi-color, but with much more attractive prismatic crystals. This piece features a highly aesthetic, intergrown pair of very attractive, thick, lustrous, sharp, very well formed, doubly-terminated, gemmy, crystals with light blue Aquamarine terminations on the ends and pale pink Morganite color at the center of the crystals. You cant ask for a more aesthetic specimen than this one. The Aqua portion of the crystals is much gemmier than the Morganite portions, which is somewhat confusing to me as there is a distinctive cut off point where one color/clarity stops and the other begins. This is a great rarity to find prismatic Morganite from any locality. Any collector who loves unusual and colorful gem crystals should consider this excellent thumbnail specimen.



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Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite from Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan. [./PakAfghanAqua906/aquamorpak7067a.jpg]


No. Aquamorpak7067 - $ 25.00

Beryl var. Aquamarine/Morganite

Locality: Baha, Baltistan, Braldu Valley, Northern Areas, Pakistan.

Specimen Size: 1.1 x 0.9 x 0.8 cm (thumbnail)


This is a great rarity for Beryl. A few years ago, I remember seeing some very interesting, rare bi-color crystals of Beryl from Pakistan that were tabular with a pink core and a blue ring surrounding it. These new crystals are even more rare and interesting as they feature the same pink and blue bi-color, but with much more attractive prismatic crystals. This piece features an attractive lustrous, sharp, very well formed, gem/gemmy, crystal with a very pale blue Aquamarine termination on the end and a pale pink Morganite color at the base. The Aqua portion of the crystal is much gemmier than the Morganite portion, which is somewhat confusing to me as there is a distinctive cut off point where one color/clarity stops and the other begins. This is a great rarity to find prismatic Morganite from any locality. Any collector who loves colorful and unusual gem crystals should consider this one.

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