Sherlovaya Gora, Adun-Cholon Range, Nerchinsk Gem mines, Nerchinsk, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
6.0x 4.3x 3.8 cm
Despite the fact that this location has been producing gem material intermittently since 1723, specimens remain exceedingly rare. This was by far the best of approximately 5 specimens from a small pocket that were shown at this year's Denver show.
The aquamarine crystal itself has no visible point of attachment. I hesitate to call it double terminated however, because the bottom is lightly etched. The crystal has a good aqua color with slight hints of green, and very good translucency. Under the proper lighting, the color really jumps out and it can be fully appreciated.
The aquamarines have been overgrown by hundreds of terminated, colorless topaz crystals. All in all it is a very beautiful combination specimen from a classic Russian locality, certainly the type of material that is not often seen.
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