BERT08
Bertrandite with Tourmaline
$4,000.00
Golconda Mine, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.8 x 4.1 x 3.0 cm
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An astonishing and unusual pegmatite combination piece of bertrandite and tourmaline var. schorl. The bertrandite crystals, to 3.5 cm in length, are tabular, pearlescent and translucent, and exhibit a snow-white color. The schorl crystal, measuring 4 cm in length, is slightly curved (a weird effect you see in some tourmalines due to unusual geology as it forms) and its termination is actually a very rare style composed of hair-like filaments of tourmaline that grow along their long axis but somehow never annealed along the horizontal axes, to form a solid termination in the normal sense. It IS terminated, but with what seems a head of hair. 360 degrees and complete all around, this is a display quality specimen of bertrandite with flair. It is something completely unprecedented based on previous finds of the species, from here (or anywhere for that matter).