ex. Laura Thompson
ex. Stevia Thompson
A shockingly sharp, complete, pristine, 1.3-cm garnet perched on quartz. The crystal is razor-cut, like its been carved, one of the sharpest I have seen, In person, moderate gemminess is present
ex. Laura Thompson
ex. Stevia Thompson
A PERFECT, complete, 9mm garnet crystal is here perched atop the schorl's termination...amazing aesthetics!
ex. John Ydren
This is a quite respectable example of the famous spessartines from Little Three. To me, these have the purest orange color and excellent lustre that I want in a garnet. They are an American classic. Matrix examples with crystals over 1 cm are uncommon, rare, and hard to come by today (mostly having been collected from the 1960s-1970s). This specimen features a complete garnet 2.5 cm in length, a little elongated but complete and without the etching dissolution you so often see in examples from this mine. Schorl and white albite make a classic association, here. It is a fine display piece, with a big crystal atop, good enough for any County or US collection.
ex. Ken Roberts
Stunning clarity, highest lustre, and a crazy-sharp pointy termination make this just a top-of-the-class example of Pakistani aquamarine. This piece exemplifies the qualities you want in such a mineral specimen. It is a fantastic quality crystal, with just the right amount of accenting matrix. The termination is a very rare style, compared to the normal basal hexagonal termination seen in most specimens from here. One looks at the piece, and it just looks carved, it is so sharp. Out of thousands, you seldom still see one of this quality. I cannot rave about it highly enough. This is simply one of my favorite miniature sized specimens I have ever owned. It looks so sharp, it must be carved. From the longtime private collection of dealer and collector Ken Roberts of Tucson, widely known for his superb taste and a radar for finding good things. Joe Budd photos
At nearly an inch wide and 3 inches tall, this is a dramatic aquamarine "single", flanked by two sharp black schorls that make the piece much more aesthetic and interesting than your normal aqua alone might be. The crystal is super gemmy, and it is like a window to look through and see schorls on either side. A fine, complete-all-around small cabinet specimen from recent finds - but unique amongst them. Joe Budd photos
I am not normally "gungo ho" about schorls, but this piece has a composition, a brightness and sparkle to it, that overall makes it stand out. The schorl has exceptional luster and a superb, polished-looking termination. It is in stark contrast to its companion quartz in color and symmetry. The piece is complete all around, and displays dramatically. An old piece, recently exchanged to me from a collection. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. Herb Obodda
This is one of the single best examples I have seen of the so-called "mushroom" tourmalines from late 1990s finds in Mogok. Herb Obodda had this piece tucked away when I bought his collection, and it has a great balance to it in form. It has saturated, intense magenta color, and a bit of sparkle that some of these simply lack. The rubellite spray grew around a schorl core, and from underneath you can see that schorl in the middle, with a bit of albite host matrix as well. Comes with custom display base. Joe Budd Photos.
Seldom do you see aquas from anywhere but Shigar in Pakistan with such lustre to them, and color at the same time. This is an intensely blue crystal that looks richly included by albite in the photo, but ACTUALLY you are looking right through a ft 2-inches of almsot totally transparent, gem-grade, mostly clean crystal to see the little albite rosettes on the BACK of the specimen, here. Thats how clean it is. The camera is trying to focus THROUGH the crystal to the albite association coating on the back side (they are little discrete clusters of bladed albite crystals, stark white in person). The crystal cluster is complete all around 360 degrees, without damage, which I find remarkable. Also, its a floater...meaning it broke off in the pocket at some point from the "mother rock" and solution healed over the break on the bottom, as well - so its doubly-terminated although the bottom termination is flat and dull compared to the top. Lastly, its a very interesting piece visually because of the curving "phantom" zones within both crystals caused by albite and schorl inclusions during growth of the top zone. The terminations are lustrous and window-clear, so its very interesting to look down through them at the curving zone of slight inclusions beneath, which I think could have been a detraction in most cases but in this case really does add to the overall pizzazz of the specimen. It is difficult to convey in photos...MUCH better in person. Comes with custom-made lucite base. Weight is 385 grams
ex. University of Arizona
This is a rare locality specimen of tourmaline, from the Ola Rige of Idaho. It is an extremely good schorl, with high lustre and complete all around. And in fact I would have to say that if I did not know from the label where it was from, because of the quality, I would have assumed it to be from Pakistan or the new finds in Namibia. 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 sale to establish an endowment fund for museum operations, in perpetuity.
ex. Wendell E. Wilson
As schorls go, this is quite lovely. The main crystal, 1.8 cm in length, is jet-black with mirror-like luster and sharp edges. Sitting on a matrix of smoky quartz crystals, it is quite aesthetic.
ex. Wendell E. Wilson
Lovely single crystal of Schorl on matrix. The jet-black color, luster, and surface striations are superb. A very fine large thumbnail.
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