Beryl (Var: Morganite), Tourmaline
Urucum mine (Tim mine; Corrego do Urucum pegmatite), Galileia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Large Cabinet, 18.0 x 12.5 x 4.0 cm
Very large and very gemmy, mostly TRANSPARENT Morganite crystal that is a full 18 cm across! Folks, that is a 6 inch unrepaired gem morganite! The light-peach crystal has excellent clarity, great luster and good crystal form along the top edge, showing well-defined faces. The attached green tourmaline has good dark green color, excellent luster, and is 10 cm in length. Its termination is splayed into many small crystal tips, protected from damage as they are enclosed WITHIN the morganite. Admittedly, the crystal is so large that it you would expect it to have been exposed to damage in situ, thus causing some edge wear...but it is minute in context. The crystal is basically complete except only the bottom contact area. However, it is a minor miracle that it survived at all given how 3-D it is. A choice specimen, particularly for the size and gemminess. It is not the glowing pink of an Afghani morganite, but rather a more subtle peach hue characteristic of the Brazilian material found in the 1960s, which is when this would have come out.