Tourmaline (Var: Indicolite), Quartz
Santa Rosa mine, Itambacuri, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Large Cabinet, 16.4 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm
This gemmy, 6-inch tourmaline is that rare thing from Brazil, a LARGE AND UNREPAIRED indicolite! It is gemmy, if not gem quality, and translucent throughout with large transparent zones as well. The color is a very rich green grading into blue, and it gets gemmier at the termination. The piece is miraculously unrepaired - almost unheard of for a Brazilian tourmaline of this size, today. It is the best specimen brought to market from a remarkable find at this old location, digging into the same deposits which yielded fantastic crystals 40 years ago. Hence, its illustration as a surprising example of what was found. The accent of quartz at the base really makes it and adds to the appeal. 16.4 x 4.8 x 3.3 cm