ex. Chris Korpi
A big fat blue tourmie from the Stewart is considered quite a rarity! This one, though dark, shows good color when backlit and has a lighter, extremely glassy blue termination as well. It is complete all around, though somewhat contacted in the back where it grew against something else and has not the perfect symmetry on those back faces as a result. Still, it has been priced accordingly and remains a fairly significant Stewart Mine tourmaline specimens. Comes with Sunnywood Base (not shown because I lost it for a little while, there...)
ex. Chris Korpi
A MAJOR tourmaline crystal from this old and incredibly desirable locality which for the most part produced cutting and carving material in such demand that crystals of this size were simply cut up.... The piece has incredibly glassy lustre and a transparent termination you can look down into for over 1 cm through the purple and green layers. The coloring is INTENSE. It is not priced as much as you might think because there is minor edge wear and the back has some contact damage which causes the price to drop accordingly. Still and all, its impressive as a display piece and as a COunty tourmaline.
ex. Chris Korpi
A glassy, fat, 5 x 4 x 3.5 cm BLUE indicolite sits here perched smugly on a pie-shaped matrix of crystallized cleavelandite - hence the (heatstroke-induced?) nickname given it by the Gochenours upon mining last year. Because of its form, color and lustre, this piece is one of the very best CG tourmalines found to date in over 2 years of active mining, for my tastes and in context with worldwide tourmalines. However, that being said, its even better by County standards because big fat indicolites like this haven't been found in 30 years, since mining at the Stewart produced a few....and those not as glassy. In fact the termination is so glassy you can look right down into it to a considerable depth (which makes the pictures worse than the actual specimen because the light refracts). I was EXTREMELY happy to find that Chris had purchased this piece just before selling his collection to me, as I would have bought it anyhow.
ex. Charlie Key
GEM WEIGHT: 1.54 carats Extremely fine crystal and a matching cut stone of this classic deep blue, unheated, natural indicolite that once set the standard for blue hue in gem tourmalines.
A classic of the late 1980s, now rare on the market! This combination of pink pinacoid and green basal terminations, both gemmy, on a dark core, is totally distinct. Almost all were found as floaters with these thin blades of Albite, making for a very aesthetic combination. Hard to find good ones on the market, today.
This doubly-terminated indicolite, has a transparent, almost neon-blue, zone in the upper 1/3 of the crystal. The only 3 crystals I saw from this strange new pocket, found in September!
This is another, doubly-terminated indicolite, with a TRANSPARENT, neon blue upper section. The termination is more sharply defined in this specimen, than in the previous piece. It is the gemmiest of the lot, though the skinniest too. The only 3 crystals I saw from this strange new pocket, found in September!
This doubly-terminated elbaite var. indicolite truly displays the hemimorphic nature of tourmaline with each termination different than the other - one prismatic and one flat. The upper portion clearly exhibits a neon blue, transparency...very gemmy , and almost like a catseye shimmer there, too . The only 3 crystals I saw from this strange new pocket, found in September!
In recent years the Malkhan pegmatites have produced many translucent, to opaque, deep, red, elbaites. However, this translucent crystal abounds with unusual colors like golden amber,hints of golden green, along with the traditional rose-red highlights. The red hue is more visible down the c axis while the lighter colors show up best when viewed from the side. Very lovely and unusual!
A riveting, incredibly intensely colored tourmaline with a deep green base shading to deep blue indicolite color at the top! The piece is extremely three-dimensional and just plain JUICY!
This beautifully framed rubellite of intense hot pink measures 11 x 5.5 x 2 cm, and looks like it is popping out of the matrix, as if appearing magically from the other side. Just really neat aesthetics, like none I have seen before. I think the pics say it all...I'll only add that it is eyepoppingly brighter and more colorful and more lustrous in person. This is an older specimen, though fresh out of a private collection where it has resided since being found in 1998 (this was, by all regard, one of the best "hot pink" pockets found and remains so noted).
ex. Martin Zinn
ex. Irv Brown
This 2.3 cm long, transparent, highly lustrous, blue gem crystal of elbaite is girdled by a druse of colorless quartz. Very aesthetic specimen with incredible aesthetics for a matrix tourmaline thumbnail, as so many are just singles.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
This wonderfully etched elbaite has a .3-cm green, transparent termination atop a rubellite core that is preferentially etched into skyscraper images. Once the crystal was formed, changes in the ph of the pocket fluids allowed the elbaite to undergo etching. This particular pocket, found in the early-1990's, is the most extreme of this type found at the mine and produced a limited number of specimens such as this with level terminations and intricate, citylike caverns internally. MUCH BETTER AND MORE 3-DIMENSIONAL IN PERSON! This is a piece of "art" !
We are fortunate to offer a select group of very fine select rubellites - the red gem variety of tourmaline. These are all cut from the same parcel of rough, mined in Nigeria in around 2003 and stashed until now. NO FURTHER material of this combination of intensity and internal brightness has been mined since, in any quantity, and stones above 10 carats are now going up rapidly in value. The largest gem in the suite is this cushion portuguese art cut with an unusal, checkerboard crown. The rich red color and wonderful size create a stunning display presence. This one is perfect for a rough-and-cut or it can make for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Stones that are this clean, in excess of 20 carats, are now getting hard to find on the market (especially at a reasonable price). Untreated .
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