of Pala International
From the mid-1980s, this is a classic style for Himalaya Mine, with a green cap and a multicolored body. The green body portion of the piece, though, is exceptionally gemmy and transparent. ex Pala Intl. Company collection
From the stunning "Rocket Pocket" of the early 2000's this is an unrepaired and elegant cluster of gem tourmalines. The gemminess and transparency are first tier, and the color saturation is as high as these got. The major crystal has no damage and is complete all around, with one of the sharpest terminations you can ask for. The sidecar crystal supporting it terminates into the larger one as it crosses, though with a very slight contact or bit of damage on the small exposed termination that isn't included inside the larger. Few pieces in this size range are anything but singles, or big matrix with small crystals. This is a rather unusual style and the crystal is of such high quality it literally glows in a case even with only minimal backlighting.
ex. Josephine Scripps
This superb group of 3 totally gem, blue indicolite tourmalines is from very old material found occasionally in small artisan mining in this region. In perso, they really glow and have a hint of purple overtones. Specimen is from the collection of Josie Scripps, circa 1970s. ex Pala Intl. Company collection
ex. American Museum of Natural History
In assembling the Pala Intl. Company tourmaline collection, Bill larson loved the historic old classics, and often went after pieces from such localities as this when trading with museums. This one came out of a trade with the American Museum of Natural History, and features interesting dark and lighter green bands of color. Complete all around. ex Pala Intl. Company collection
A totally gemmy, transparent crystal of extremely fine quality and color saturation from famous finds here in about 2001, most of which was cut. This piece was saved from a parcel of cutting rough at that time, and then went into the Pala Intl. Company collection.
A dramatic, SUPER GEMMY crystal of mostly facet rough grade tourmaline, from the famous Rocket Pocket here which came out around 2001-2002. The crystal has exquisite clarity and intense color. ex Pala Intl company collection
An elegant piece with a spray of crystals shooting straight up from matrix of cleavelandite and lepidolite, stark and bright pink against white contrast. The cluster is complete and pristine all around. The crystals have great lustre. AND, to cap it off, a shocking difference in style of the terminations even on adjacent crystals, makes the piece really stand out to the eye. It is good from either side, front or back. The terminations are perfect and undamaged, and for that matter the cluster itself is not repaired as you might expect such a freestanding piece to be. This kind of aesthetics is almost unheard of in specimens from here - you just do not see such things often. A choice piece, for its size range and style. ex Pala Intl company collection
A stunning crystal for the Himalaya mine with INTENSE color. It has almost a purpley-maroon color saturation in fluorescent lighting (although these go paler in Halogen lighting). The crystal is complete all around and doubly-terminated, and masses 121 grams. This is a choice crystal, which Bill Larson mined in the 1980s from his own mine and kept in this collection ever since. The cleavelandite accents really give it a matrixy character, without fuzzing over its importance as a single gem crystal. It sits upright on the flat termination, or can be mounted in a base with the pointed termination down - either way, impactful on display. VERY translucent when backlit, this is a superior example of this particular style. ex Pala Intl company collection
A very elegant, unusually glassy and bright, gemmy cluster of crystals showing sculptural form. The cluster is complete all around save only a small contact on the back edge of the sidecar crystal to the left. That sidecar crystal goes in diagonally into the main cluster and helps hold the whole cluster together by its association, in fact. It is otherwise complete all around, and displays well from a number of angles. Old material. ex Pala Intl company collection
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