This is a classic bicolor from the famous early 1970s finds at Dunton, collected by Mann at that time (1972-1974). It is very gemmy and bright internally, and has a catseye effect to it as well. Classic, representative example for these finds; and frankly quite rare in thumbnail size. Most are larger, so for the thumbnail collector it is hard slog to find one. From the specialized Maine thumbnail collection of Jim Mann.
This is a classic steeply terminated crystal from the famous 1972 glory hole at Dunton, collected by Mann and friends at that time (1972-1974). It is very gemmy and exceptionally symmetric as most of these skew into lumpiness. In fact, I cannot say as I have seen a more pointed termination, so sharp and steep, on one of these. It is also, for the lucky thumbnail collector, a perfectly sized FULL thumbnail from a find which produced many larger pieces and few choice thumbnail specimens. Lastly, it is extremely gemmy and totally transparent. Note the classic green hue with a sligh hint of blue, as well. So again, this is a classic, representative example for these finds; and frankly quite rare in thumbnail size. From the specialized Maine thumbnail collection of Jim Mann.
This is a STUNNING, GEM, ELECTRIC GREEN "pencil" tourmaline crystal from a very desired pocket found in 1978. It is 100% gemmy and transparent. Though tin and slender, it is impactful. From the specialized Maine thumbnail collection of Jim Mann (although a miniature, this squeezes into a TN box when mounted diagonally).
ex. University of Arizona
A beautiful and classic bicolor Himalaya with an exaggerated, elongated green zone ending in a long prismatic termination. 21 grams. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays; and to provide specimens for the recent sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations in perpetuity. Joe Budd photos
ex. University of Arizona
This large, 152-gram tourmaline is big and imposing in form. It has a lot of subtle color gradations when backlit, but we need to say that in just frontal lighting, it has a dull lustre and matte finish that prevent such good colors coming out without the backlighting. The terminations are both complete and the piece is a floater, with no repairs despite its size. The red termination is particularly robust. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays; and to provide specimens for the recent sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations in perpetuity. Joe Budd photos
ex. University of Arizona
A dramatic, large, very pink-red tourmaline crystal showing classic bicolor effects as well , in its lower half. The crystal is complete all around, intergrown with a small feldspar crystal. The top termination is outstanding, not just broad and colorful but also lustrous. There are just a few trivial dings, despite its size. The bottom termination separates into several miniterminations, the longest of which is complete and sharp (a small subtermination near the feldspar crystal is broken off, but facing downwards and out of sight anyhow). Overall, a very impressive piece with intensity and lustre rarely obtained in this size for a price under five figures, these days. From the collection of Hubert De Monmonier (1919-2007), donated by bequest to the University of Arizona Museum to add to their displays; and to provide specimens for the recent sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations in perpetuity. Joe Budd photos
ex. Dr. Eugene Meieran
A remarkable single crystal with much more elegance, due to its splaying form, than you would normally expect of a single large tourmaline. It is complete and nearly perfect all around, 3-Dimensional, and without repair. Note how the top of the piece elegantly splays out from the narrower base, making this less "lumpy" than many large tourmalines from the locale (and not many come out in this size, undamaged, to being with). It is extraordinarily translucent given the size, and practically GLOWS when backlit at all, a wonderful bubblegum pink color. These photos are not taken with anything but ordinary lighting. In person, or backlit in a case, it has a rich bubblegum pink hue that emanates from within. Inside, you can see from the top a "phantom" core of darker tourmaline within, which is an interesting bonus. Rare in such size and quality, at this price due to the fact I got it at a good deal in trade...A very good deal overall, on a giant rubellite, I would say. It weighs in at 1 kilo.
This is , for my taste, a truly unique piece out of all the hundreds I have seen from this mine. It consists of a 17.5 cm-long "sword" of tourmaline shooting out majestically from a "tree" of thick crystals, with lepidolite and albite mixed in for contrast. In person, the shockign stark white blades of Cleavelandite and the sparkly purple lepidolite stand out a lot more, and really contrast with the gemmy green tourmaline. It is hard to photograph and get all colors to come out, without making the lepidolite pale or the Cleavelandite a glaring white color. It, like the piece below, is a specimen that I cherrypicked when I had a unique exchange opportunity with the person who brought out this find a few years ago. I love this piece so much for its aesthetics, that it only ever went to two small shows. I keep it here to look at. The cluster, the whole tree-and-sword combination, is itself growing and rising out of a 13 x 9 cm TERMINATED TOURMALINE CRYSTAL THAT SERVES as the natural base for the piece. It look slike nothing so much as a tree rising from a lake...the green tourmaline base even has what looks like ripples on the water surface. You look at this and your first thought will be, surely this is glued on there and carved this way. Believe me, I was also floored when I saw it, not at first registering that it wasn't glued to a tourmaline slab but that the whole complex cluster grew upon what must probably have been a massive tourmaline crystal. What are the odds this would grow on the crystal's termination, and not along an ugly and exposed side?! And what are the odds, that this termination could be preserved in mining the cluster atop!? I find it higly unlikely, and that is part of why I value the piece so highly. Pieces of this complexity can be preserved as they do occur, rarely; but the problem is, they are fragile. This "Rocket Pocket" as some call it was found in pieces (in 2001 if I recall), and put back together over several years like a jigsaw puzzle. All large specimens have repairs, most more than a dozen. I do not accept so many repairs, except in special cases: where the overall aesthetic impact is significant enough that the piece warrants it; where the price is adjusted accordingly; and when the overall context of the FIND ITSELF requires repairs to obtain an important display-quality specimen (as in this case). This one has only 3 very clean repairs (one with very minor gap-fill epoxy) and a fourth repair on the stalk of the trunk which has a small bit of color-matched epoxy gap-fill. The other three repairs are to the elongated 7.5-inch crystal and are only barely visible to my eyes in the right skewed lighting...they are NOT generally visible and do not detract visually. Miraculously, this whole cluster was held together by the central quartz crystal, which is itself fully terminated and pristine, and extends DOWN THROUGH the tourmaline cap that is a base for the cluster. If not for that central sturdiness, I am sure the specimen would have broken into many pieces and come apart from the underlaying tourmaline cap, as well. Comes with custom engraved lucite base, for easy display.
ex. Wendell E. Wilson
This is really quite an amazing Elbaite. The crystal consists of a lustrous and gemmy raspberry red Elbaite overgrowth on a schorl core. The form and aesthetics of the overall piece are incredible, as if it was something out of an enchanted forest. BEST QUALITY I HAVE EVER SEEN IN A MOGOK TOURMALINE, of any size!
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