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Emeralds and Aquamarine by Schmiegel Emeralds and Aquamarine by Schmiegel
Gems from Austria. The (blurry) Aquamarine is 13 mm in length. 
Found 25 years ago ...

This was taken using a Panasonic digital cam. It is the first cam that was able to reproduce the emerald color tones in a satisfying way. Many cams failed before - I'm a bit excited about this! So I didn't care about blur too much ... :)
Shot was taken using an old pre-digi-era, manual focus macro lens. Found an adapter that allows me to use all of my old pre-digi lens systems again with the digi cam - FUN! :boogie:

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BlueLiquorice Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I noticed that trying to get Emerald green to show up right on photos is tricky... they just end up looking blue.  I tend to just meddle in photoshop while holding the crystal next to me to match colors. 
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Schmiegel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Never succeeded in doing so :)
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Mark-Tamaro Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The color in that aquamarine is amazing!  Did you find this?  Mostly all I find is smooth black lava rocks with fossils (sea creatures).  And LOTS of quartz.:D
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Schmiegel Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014

Yep, 'Im the happy finder. There's only one location in Austria to find emeralds - and it's quite famous (Habachtal). To get there it needs a few hours of hiking and at the time I was digging for them it needed some caution as it was a slippery rock & mud slope above a nice abyss. At that time it was quite a surprise to find blue crystals. When reading current publications about the spot it seems the best days are gone. But that applies to most of the well known alpine mineral locations. By the way the alps are an amazing spot for mineral collectors as there are regions with amazing geological history where lava, sediments and granites have undergone a deep dive metamorphosis and reappeared next to each other back to earth's surface. While the rock series were rising again water filled cracks appeared and allowed the water to dissolve and recombinate minerals from those mixed and morphed rocks - thus forming various complex and rare minerals inside those cracks. (sorry if my typing is hard to understand - I don't have geological vocabulary available in english ;)

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Mark-Tamaro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Finding these beauties sounds very treacherous!:wow:

This makes them even more precious!

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viperv6 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool :clap:
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Schmiegel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Danke Dir :)
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viperv6 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gern doch :D
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