Aquamarine at the Smithsonian

This is ONE SINGLE crystal of aquamarine:
Beryl (var. aquamarine), New Hampshire

"This 650-kg (1, 430-lb) beryl crystal gives you an idea of how huge crystals can grow in pegmatites. Beryl crystals like this one are mined as a major source of beryllium. Clear and beautifully colored crystals might be cut into gem aquamarines."

©Joan Ann Lansberry, 2007-2010
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