BT614 Beryllonite
Shengus, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
10.0x 5.5x 3.7 cm

A nice cabinet sized example of this relatively rare sodium beryllium phosphate.  This piece has a complete, seemingly cascading crystal, resting on a muscovite book. There is a partial overgrowth of albite or some other mineral concentrated on one side of the crystal.

I liked this one because of the completeness of the crystal, and the presence of am interesting matrix-- usually examples from this area tend to look like white, matrixless cogwheels of varying sizes, frequently with significant damage. The only other places you are likely to see specimens from are Brazil or Maine, though those are generally smaller, with poor crystal form but better clarity.

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