Tourmaline Var. Rubellite
Jonas Mine, Itataia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.2 x 1.1 x 1.0 cm
The finest thumbnail in the lot, this is a riveting specimen with fiery color - the photos do not convey it. It is exceptionally gemmy and lustrous, and the red is unusually intense for a smaller crystal. The combination of these qualities and the lepidolite matrix make it very special to my eye. Perfect all around, this is of a quality that would fit into even the highest tier thumbnail collections.