Bi-colored Tourmaline, Cleavelandite and Quartz (Saller Coll.)

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu Dist., Baltistan, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 9.2 x 6.8 x 5.4 cm
Start Time: 10/01/2009 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 10/08/2009 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A dramatic combination specimen from the mid-1980s finds at Stak Nala, Pakistan. Four intergrown, bi-colored tourmaline crystals, proudly projecting upward like smokestacks and up to 8.9 cm long, are aesthetically wrapped in bladed cleavelandite accented with quartz crystals. The lustrous tourmalines are schorls with gemmy, teal-blue, indicolite terminations. The striking, 4.7 cm, glassy, transparent to translucent, quartz crystal is doubly terminated and is nearly pristine, with only trivial edgewear. The expanding base consists of many smaller tourmalines, nearly all with broken terminations and rich rosettes of cleavelandite blades. This is a very showy and excellent, complete all-around combination piece from this noted locale. Seldom on the market in this quality. Ex Saller Collection.

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