A rare matrix specimen of tourmaline from the Jonas Mine, from the world-famous pocket of 1978 that is still the most important and famous single tourmaline strike in all of history. And, unequaled to this day, these tourmalines of a distinct style stand out in any collection or museum. Featuring an approximately 2-inch crystal, doubly terminated and frozen in enclosing crystallized lepidolite, this is a classic representation of the find. Few matrix specimens can be had, today, making this a rare prize. This specimen came to me in an exchange with the Sorbonne for a truly oustanding Tsumeb tennantite specimen from the Asselborn Collection. Further information will be provided to the buyer
ex. Irv Brown
Just a really nice reference specimen of classic ol' purply lepidolite!
ex. Irv Brown
A thick layer of lepidolite has replaced tourmaline, and it still surrounds a core of a previous generation of dark green tourmaline. NICE example of this replacement!
An exquisite miniature tourmaline specimen from the Pederneira, with a pure gem, 2-cm "pencil" crystal shooting out from a cluster of smaller crystals � all TERMINATED! The only small matrix contact is underneath. Pretty association of bladed white cleavelandite and lavender lepidolite.
ex. Harvard University
A stunning specimen of intense hot pink color, from very old workings here. Such material as this was once mined in the turn of the 1900s, and shipped off to China for carving into snuff bottles and figurines. Very seldom do we see fine crystals of this ultra-hot-pink color saturation turn up again on the market, and then only out of old collections or museum deaccessions. This is from the old A.C. Burrage collection which was famously given to Harvard after his death in 1931, thus also dating the piece to that early mining era in San Diego. Albert C. Burrage of Boston, Massachusetts, was involved in the modernization of the Chuquicamata mine in chile, in 1911. Most of his collection remains in Harvard's Musuem to this day, save only a few deaccessions over the years. The color here stands above and apart from any other pink tourmaline you may have seen from other mines, and it really just jumps out when lit in a case. This piece is not pristine, but is close to it - a few small bits of edge wear atop are, given the age, permissible i think. The bottom is very nicely polished to a high lustre, and the piece was probably displayed with the bottom side up at one time (it would not have bothered many collectors of the past to see a polished top). A true historic piece, but with modern display aesthetics, this is a classic old tourmaline from the San Diego region. The photos shown here are taken with only moderate, not strong, backlighting. Joe Budd photos.
This is one of the two largest plates we have found that is uniformly of the top quality for the find, with large radiating aggregates to 1 inch of the best color and lustre; and with a good edge horizon, minimal damage (only a few trivial edge bits), and good overall display aesthetics.
This is one of the two largest plates we have found that is uniformly of the top quality for the find, with large radiating aggregates to 1 inch of the best color and lustre; and with a good edge horizon, minimal damage (only a few trivial edge bits), and good overall display aesthetics. This piece is a LITTLE more aesthetic in its overall geometry to my eye, though it is actually bigger than the piece above and of equal quality.
A large and beautiful cluster of lepidolite richly covering a host rock inside, with top quality lustre, color, and size of the crystals. From afar, its as beautiful and large as the pieces above. The big drop in price is due to the fact that there is some damage to the specimen, as you can see in the lower portion and the upper-left edge. Still, it was one of the better pieces overall, and a fabulous and colorful piece!
A VERY LARGE specimen, the largest we purchased, that has uniform intense color and quality throughout, with just minor damage and that around the edges at the contacts. It is very extravagantly colorful , and leaps out at you in person.
Beautiful , translucent crystal rosettes of top quality for the find and to 1.8 cm, make for a gorgeous and flashy , very 3-dimensional specimen that is about as big as most collectors would normally wish for. Better color and lustre, in person!
Beautiful , translucent crystal rosettes to 1.8 cm, hump up a dramatic wave in the center of this very 3-dimensional specimen that is about as big as most collectors would normally wish for. Better color and lustre, in person! The major cluster, the whole top of the piece, is pristine and has the absolute top translucency and color for the find. It sits on a natural "pedestal" of less gemmy, but still colorful lepidolite that rolls down at its base . There is some damage to the frontal portion of the lower part of the specimen that could be trimmed off but its so pretty overall, and so colorful, I just like to leave it as is for color splash.
The only specimen I have seen like this, in such quality! This piece has a 9 cm doubly-terminated quartz atop a larger, extended quartz shard; and the whole quartz shard is included here and there by beautiful lepidolite, giving a golden "glow" when backlit to the whole specimen.
Arranged in rosettes, this amazing, sulfur yellow, lepidolite specimen exhibits nice sculptural form. The rosettes average .7 cm across. Prior to this discovery, this lithium rich mica was only found in pink to purple crystals.
This lepidolite specimen not only has rosettes but it also appears to have stalactitic growth, to 3.0 cm in length. The translucence and sulfur yellow color make specimens from this find, serious collectors items.
This triangular plate of translucent, yellowish-green, lepidolite, exhibits rosette growth, averaging 1.0 cm across. It is only when the specimen is tilted back and forth that the viewer sees highlights from the foliated lepidolite.
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