bent Tourmaline on Feldspar ex. Larson Coll.

Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California
Cabinet, 9.6 x 8.1 x 5.4 cm
Start Time: 02/14/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/24/2009 7:39:43 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

This unusual specimen features a tourmaline crystal perched on the side of unusually sharp feldspar crystals for this locality. The feldspar matrix itself is thus, because of its crystallization, quite worthy of owning as a Himalaya Mine specimen. But what is really fascinating is the extreme degree of "bending" of the tourmaline, showing the effect of a natural process that happened in situ, of breaking and rehealing during growth. This repeated process results in strange bent crystals of tourmaline, which are normally only small things from other localities but from the highly disrupted Himalaya pegmatites can reach good sizes such as you see here (just over 2 inches long). The effect is not subtle...its immediately visible and dramatic, making this specimen one of the few MATRIX bent tourmalines I have seen from this or any locality. Valued $2000-2500. Ex William Larson collection (Larson operated the mine for 30 years and owns it still). This is not the most sexy tourmaline on the planet for gemminess, but it certainly is one of the more interesting pieces hard to match for oddity.

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