SM20-265
Elbaite Tourmaline
$10,500.00
Small Cabinet, 8.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm
Rocket Pocket, Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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This gorgeous, completely gem green Tourmaline measures a full three and a half inches in length and three-quarters of an inch across at the widest area at the top. It consists of three distinct crystals in a tightly diverging group with a smaller sidecar crystal at the base. The color of this extraordinary piece is really a subtle gradational two-tone with the bottom two-thirds a distinct, and rich, teal-blue indicolite that diffusely grades into vivid green at the termination for the upper third of the crystal. The marvelous aspect of this Tourmaline is that it easily transmits light so the rich colors are so very evident in casual lighting, not like some green Tourmalines where one has to pump high intensity backlighting into it just to determine that its green and not black. This is GEM material, and was in fact sold as such long ago. The prism faces of the composite crystals are highly lustrous with light striations and the terminations are pyramidal. An exquisite Tourmaline from one of the most notable Elbaite localities on the planet, from its heyday of around 2005 when I bought this in Tucson from the miners! 43 grams. Note that for the size and quality, and no repairs, these are very difficult to obtain today.

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