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. This round portuguese cut gem is simpy put a flashy, attention-grabbing stone! Rich pink and with hints of maroon or purple, only very slightly included and super bright - what more could a collector want? A killer gem in all respects. Highly recommended - Our favorite stone of the entire rubellite lot. Untreated .
Another oval portuguese cut that is very bright and presents extremely well. The screaming hot pink color is saturated and intense, and the transparency is almost total (it is only very slightly included). A high quality tourmaline gem for the collector or for jewelry wear. 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. Untreated .
We are fortunate to offer a select group of very fine rubellite -- the gem red 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 intensity and internal brightness has been mined since, in any quantity. .This gem is for collectors or jewelry connoisseurs who like deeper color saturation. Rubellites don't get richer in color than this. But make no mistake, this oval portuguese cut is bright in a case or on the finger - it is not "too dark" by any means. It is just not the traditional hue, and to us that makes it more interesting. It is very transparent and more clean to the eye in person - though our hypersensitive high resolution camera picks up more veils than the human eye sees easily, please note. An exceptionally sized stone that would look stunning with diamond accents. Untreated
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. This is a most handsome pear-shaped portuguese cut of rich red color. It has slight purpley tones when viewed from the sides. It is very transparent and nearly clean to the eye - though our hypersensitive high resolution camera picks up more veils than the human eye sees easily, please note. The unusual designer cut lends itself well to a unique pendant either with or without accent stones. A great value for the money as rubellites of this particular material in the size are now scarce on the market. Untreated .
An oustanding 3.7 x 2 x 1.2 cm gemmy rubellite , perched on a plate of feldspar. This is a phenomenal quality for the locality where you do not usually see such gemminess nor such lustre on the crystals with extremely well-bevelled terminations. The color, in person, is a deep cranberry red like thos from the old Jonas Mine in Brazil
ex. Dr. Eugene Sensel
ex. George Elling
This is one of those classics form the late 1980s and early Pakistani material that just always stays in demand because of the unique style. Like other classic Stak Nala combos, this one is a floater, with doubly-terminated crystals embedded in a nest of albite blades and making for a nice pedestal to display it. The prism termination is a definite pink hue, and the basal termination a striking evergreen-tree shade of green.
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
Need I say more?! This is ABSOLUTELY gemmy and sparkles all around! Everything is complete and pristine!
ex. Klaus Neumann
Look at the textbook symmetry here! its like a picture come to life out of the old early 1800's mineral books showcasing the mineral wealth of Russia - these "Siberites" were the best tourmaline of the day by a long shot, and highly desired among the nobility of collectors. Today we see mainly smaller crystals of more standard habit, and this sharp style is not commonly to be had. The crystal termination is complete, and it is complete also all around except for a contacted/damaged portion of the one back corner to the rear , on an edge not on the termination. The color is robust and "juicy" for lack of a better word, clearly more impressive in person than in the pics.
ex. Klaus Neumann
This is an exceptionally elegant Himalaya for the size and price range becaus emost small pieces don't have a cluster or matrix appeal to them, or cost too much more. The crystals are translucent, if not transparent - but this is typical of Himalaya tourmaline. The lustre is good and the piece is complete all around! No damage.
A nicely trimmed small cab that stands up on its own, even; and features a multihued tourmaline cluster perched against silvery muscovite. The crystal is 6 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm at its widest point, nicely tapering before and after.
This unrepaired matrix specimen contains THREE 6-cm-long , doubly-terminated, unrepaired tourmalines!!! And this from a mine KNOWN fo rproducing etched singles that float loose in the pockets to be recovered later by humans, but NOT for matrix specimens of any kind. Matrix pieces here are VERY VERY rare, and this one came from the person who found this spectacular pocket, written up in 2002. It is the only matrix piece of that pocket, and that I know of for this style. It has at least 3 great display views showing 2 of the tourmalines in full and one in portion, from different angles. It is bright and gemmy, and you can actually look INTO the quartz to see the tourmaline portions included within. Frankly, its a miracle this thing formed to begin with and a greater one that it survived mining! Lastly, this is a floater cluster, complete all around! MAJOR addition for a Brazilian matrix tourmaline suite!
ex. Charles Spang
ex. Clarence Bement
ex. Irv Brown
ex. John Sinkankas
ex. Norman Spang
ex. Smithsonian Institution
This is an important piece because it has closely-spaced rubellites, of gem quality, ON MATRIX, from the type locality for rubellite tourmaline! And, the history goes way back here. It was formerly n the collection of father and/or son Charles and Norman Spang, and retains their number on the bottom. The mineral spangolite was named in Norman Spang's honor. Many of the Spang specimens were purchased by the American Museum of Natural History (for $8,000), and others that were purchased by Bement were ultimately purchased from him by J. Pierpont Morgan and donated to the American Museum in 1900. The piece also retains on the bottom the Bement arrow showing how to display it in the AMNH showcases, drawn on the (sawed) bottom by then-curator Gratacap in black ink. Lastly, Sinkankas traded this piece out in 1960 from the AMNH and it now has HIS label on the bottom as well, all corresponding to the original information. Irv Brown traded this from John in the mid 1990s. To get a good history back to the mid-1800s on one of these is hard to do. A showy matrix specimen is also hard to get. One with gemmy crystals, still harder. Given all of this, I am willing to put up with the fact tha tit does have 3 repairs, one to each crystal at the matrix just above their attachment points (so they don't show until a close look). But, it displays wonderfully, much better than most old Elba pieces! Click on the link above to see more information about these collections, courtesy of the Minerlogical Record Archives . I think i PAID $4000 for this and then decided it was too much, in retrospectf, if memory serves. ugh.
ex. Alain Martaud
A killer Jonas piece from 1978's famous find, with absolutely INTENSE COLOR and excellent gemminess. This piece is one of the finest for its size I have seen in years, and really is riveting in a case. Jonas tourmalines go for a premium, and when you see this piece in your case, you will "get it" and agree that this one is, truly, worth a bit of a premium. As I did, when i sucked it in and paid the euro exchange rate when Alain Martaud decided to part with it.
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
A very colorful cluster of lustrous, multihued, purple-capped, gemmy tourmaline draped by sparkling lavender lepidolite which REALLY makes the piece by its accent and contrast. This is a gorgeous specimen, one of the few smaller tourmalines that Gene has long been reluctant to part with even though his tourmaline collection has long since moved to 6-inchers and longer crystals. This is an older specimen, probably from the 1970s or early 1980s; and is NOT from recent finds since the recent re-opening of this mine for specimen production.
ex. Bob Dawson
A classic pink tourmaline from the Stewart, probably from the 1950s or 60s, and featuring an unusually transparent termination! In person, the color is VERY different from that of the mnore famous and more productive Himalaya Mine
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