Tourmaline on Quartz
Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.0 x 7.7 cm
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
Ex. Chris Korpi
This is a special Himalaya piece because the red color and high luster of the tourmaline is as good as it got from the mine. It is literally GLASSY! The deeply colored tourmaline is unrepaired, too, and is perched aesthetically smack-dab on the side of the quartz point (it comes with a Sunnywood base, as well, to display it upright). The tourmaline itself measures about 6 x 3 x 2.5 cm in size. It is very HARD to get display-sized, good-quality Himalaya tourmalines in matrix and so I regard this as a rare find. It is, I am told, an old piece mined most likely by Ralph Potter prior to the 1970s when Pala took over the mine. It was formerly in a prominent Italian collection before coming back to the US.