0.9x 0.8 cm
An elongated and mildly etched
crystal of Malagasy aquamarine. Aquamarine
from Madagascar is actually somewhat hard to find, especially as
proper crystals. Shards
are available here and there, but cut stones seem to be the most
common form of the material.
The crystal has frosted surfaces,
but is actually fairly gemmy (see image below).
crystal has a domed termination; this seems to be more common in
Malagasy aquamarines than in Pakistani ones (where flat terminations
the best I can say for the locality of this one is "Central
Madagascar". Many of the local dealers have no idea where
their minerals come from, and specimens can change hands so many times
in a complex chain of consignments that the information gets lost...
the focus is obviously on selling the stone, rather than keeping all
the information together.