Bluecap Tourmaline

Sapo Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm
Start Time: 07/19/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/28/2009 7:34:30 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed

Item Description

This is a classic specimen from the famous late-90s pocket of bluecaps found in the Sapo Mine?and never seen since. These represent one of the most famous, most distinct, most-sought after finds of tourmaline since the Maine greens and the California bluecaps of the 1970s. Out of hundreds of pockets found since then, if not thousands, can most people honestly name another by pocket, and expect every other collector to instantly know which tourmaline style they refer to? At 23 grams, with such equant form, this is a respectable example. To those familiar with these over the years, you know these are now rare as hens teeth and go for super premiums. I have had back only 3 or so in the last few years. This is the only such single crystal I have now, just in from a customer in a trade. It is valued at least at $2000. However, I have seen crystals half this height priced at that much, a few times over the last years....sot that valuation may be a bit low. As a bonus, it is, crudely but surely, doubly-terminated on bottom

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