Tourmaline, Quartz, Albite, Lepidolite
Laura de Pederneira, San Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 5.8 x 4.2 cm
A very attractive matrix Pederneira specimen, with a classic 5-cm multicolored tourmaline jutting out from behind a gemmy, doubly-terminated quartz crystal. It can be displayed either horizontally or with the crystal vertical (not shown but you get the idea). Other quartz crystals and platy albites decorate the lepidolite matrix. There is one clean repair on the tourmaline behind the quartz, where it cannot be seen anyhow; but of course, nearly ALL Pederneira pieces have at least one repair, most, more than that, so it is not considered a detraction. Overall, this is a tremendously aesthetic specimen for the size and price range, which I was surprised to be able to buy and sell for under $2000.