- Rubellite Tourmaline
- Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.4 x 3.7 cm
- Mawi, Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Rarely do you see a rubellite from this locale in matrix! Most often, they are just singles, or have some minor attached matrix at base. This, however, is a doubly-terminated, pristine, 5.8 x 3 x 2 cm crystal that is perched aesthetically still on its matrix. This is a frozen doubly-terminated crystal! It COULD be pried cleanly out of matrix (and as a floater, worth more?), but these are so rare, I would not want to. This was collected around 2003-2004 (which I bought at that time as a larger specimen from a foreign dealer at a show, and trimmed up, sold, and got back later). Comes with custom lucite display base. A very unusual display specimen with hot pink color...a really special color, hard to convey in photos.