Tourmaline, Tourmaline (Var: Rubellite), Lepidolite
Konar (Kunar; Konarh; Konarha; Nuristan) Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 9.6 x 5.0 x 3.1 cm
We call these "bubblegum pinks" for obvious reason, and today they have become one of the few truly, instantly recognizable "styles" of tourmaline from the Afghani pegmatites that stand out from the vast majority of, call them, "random nice and pretty tourmaline pockets." This one is exceptional for several reasons aside from pedigree of being in this collection: it has truly outstanding, rich, juicy color; great luster; no damage; no repairs despite its size. This thing just IMPRESSES the hell out of you, guaranteed. It is big, juicy, colorful, and leaps out even in only moderate lighting 9.6 x 5 x 3.1 cm