Tourmaline on Feldspar (Twinned)
Himalaya Mine, San Diego County, California, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.3 x 7.6 x 6.8 cm
A classic Himalaya pink tourmaline, measuring 6.5 x 2.2 x about 1 cm, is perched, embedded rather, in a complete feldspar crystal here! The feldspar is a floater - complete all around, top, bottom, and sides! Even more, it is a Manneback Twin crystal - and a big, complete one that is really quite unprecedented in this condition for the Himalaya Mine. The tourmaline sits on the floater, and itself is doubly-terminated (though the bottom term is not smooth and lustrous, it IS terminated). Matrix Himalaya pieces are not common at all. Matrix specimens on a feldspar crystal, more so. And on a floater like this, I have seen only a handful. Also, it is of good size and classic color, making this, I think, a pretty good quality and a good investment piece for a Himalaya mine tourmaline that is unique, but does not break the bank. 573 grams. This was long in the collection of a San Francisco collector, Jean Parrish, and comes with her old note that it was "exhibited in a trophy case at the Las Vegas Show in 1975, originally from Norm Dawson." Norm owned the White Queen mine in its heyday and was a wellknown San Diego collector. Definately an old piece from the independent era of mining here, and with good pedigree.