Tourmaline With Albite
Himalaya Mine, San Diego County, California, USA
Cabinet, 14.2 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm
Ex. Irv Brown; Chuck Houser; F. John Barlow; William (Bill) Larson
A really outstanding crystal with exceptional gemminess for the size, and particularly good color as well. This is, for the size, equaled only by a few others I have seen in well known collections including that of Bill Larson, who collected it and sold it to Barlow in the early 1980s. It has one very, very clean repair. The clarity, condition, and intensity of this crystal all combine to make it among the top tier of tourmalines for the size; and you can see it was important enough in the Barlow collection to command a half-page spread, even amongst far more "valuable" but perhaps less important tourmalines from other locales. In person, the difference between this gemmy beast and the typical large Himalaya piece, rare already, os obvious. This one is in the top percentiles.