Teston, Braldu Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
Mineral prospecting is a widely practiced way to supplement the family income in many parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It fits right in with the shepherding duties and firewood gathering that are an integral part of life in these mountainous regions. This spray of gem Aquamarine comes from near a village along the Braldu River about 5 km west of Dassu. It is interesting for the variety of terminations displayed by the piece. Most are the flat version normally seen but a few show second order faces and one represents a surface broken during growth that shows evidence of healing. Many of the Paki Aquas are single, hexagonal barrels - not as many show the complex, sub-parallel habit, with multiple crystals. There is little damage other than the previously mentioned growth phase features.
Overall measurements: 4.5 x 2 x 1.75 inches (11.4 x 5.1 x 4.4 cm).
Provenance: Mountain Minerals [Hoppel # D0155]
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