Rubellite Tourmaline
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 2.3 x 1.6 cm
Jonas Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Of all tourmaline pockets and styles, there is one that stands above all others for fame in the public realm of mineral collecting : Jonas! In 1978, the Jonas Mine produced what is arguably the most famous single pocket of tourmaline crystals of all time (or one of two if you also count the San Diego bluecaps in 1972). This crystal is a proportional, dramatic, classic example of the style with a complex termination and excellent gemminess in such a thick crystal. It is complete all around and has no repairs, although there is a very small corner restoration on one edge of the otherwise pristine termination. These have a stunning red brilliance to them on display, that sets them apart to this day. 67 grams.