Named by the ancient Romans for its likeness to seawater, aquamarines were once believed to be a treasure of the mermaids.
Pakistani aquamarines are particularly well loved by collectors because they tend to form sleek, hexagonal crystals that retain some degree of matrix (host rock). Such pieces are, however, tremendously difficult to recover due to the steep, alpine deposits from which they are recovered. Those that are successfully retrieved must then also adhere to the standards of the species, including superlative luster, clarity, color, and form, among countless other criteria.
Here is a stunning example. The aquamarine has a sharp, naturally hexagonal form and true “aquamarine” color. Translucent and lustrous, peering into the crystal is transportive, like gazing into an ocean. The aquamarine’s matrix of white, opaque feldspar furthers this image, reminding us of white cliffs or glacial ice.
A deep red garnet crystal can also be found, hidden within the matrix as an added surprise.
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