Tourmaline (Var: Indicolite), Lepidolite, Albite
Pederneira claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 10.5 x 9.1 x 5.9 cm
This specimen is a beautiful arrangement of truly gem-blue indicolite tourmaline nestled in a glistening matrix of purple, sparkling lepidolite. The Pederneira, in its recent heyday of the early 2000's, briefly gave the market a flood of good tourmaline matrix specimens (most repaired, but acceptable in context). Even with the quantity produced, each pocket was different and when you really get down to thinking about it, few of the finds were of blue tourmaline - and fewer yet on matrix. Matrix indicolites are in fact quite rare from any locale. This piece features 3 major and several minor crystals. The large central crystal is 8.6 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm, with a clean repair at midpoint. It is perfectly terminated and very gemmy and transparent. It has a totally freestanding termination. The forward-facing crystal, to its right, is 3 x 1.5 cm 1.2 cm and is doubly-terminated (the front termination is oddly rippled, but in an interesting manner; the back termination is matte and dull). The slender, totally gemmy crystal pointing to the left is actually 6 cm long, thought most of that length is hidden on the backside of the specimen and not visible from the front.