Tourmaline (Elbaite, Olenite)

Palelni Mine, Molo Village, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 7.4 x 2.2 cm
Start Time: 05/06/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/13/2021 6:35:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $1,510
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Rarely do we see Tourmaline in habit or mode of aggregation like this , as if it was a red alien fluid that melted and slimed. This juicy plate consists of numerous, bubblegum pink, botryoidal Elbaite with several, small, triangular Elbaite terminations poking through. Richly clustered, glossy mounds of translucent Elbaite Tourmaline from 0.5 to 1 cm cover the surface of this flashy plate. Burma has produced some of the most unusual Tourmaline crystals and clusters extant and this piece is no exception. It is so plain weird, it is hard to describe. The Elbaite botryoids scintillate with any incident light and for added interest, nearly a dozen triangular-shaped terminations poke through the botryoidal forms. A super attractive and unusual piece that is hard to describe but in the end, all the more interesting for that very reason! 

NOTE ADDED: Although it may or may not affect value to consider this, the Tourmalines in the auctions from the Palelni Mine may be NOT JUST Elbaite according to mindat.org - the main products are the locally called "mushroom" rubellite tourmalines. Another type of rubellite is present under botryoidal shape - those with a smooth surface that have been analysed turned out as olenite; Olenite is a MUCH RARER than Elbaite.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $1,510 05/13/2021 6:26:01 pm (CDT)
jabaco $1,460 05/13/2021 6:26:01 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,310 05/13/2021 6:25:37 pm (CDT)
jabaco $1,260 05/13/2021 6:25:37 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $1,014 05/13/2021 10:23:45 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $989 05/13/2021 10:23:45 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $775 05/08/2021 1:02:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $750 05/08/2021 1:02:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $509 05/08/2021 11:51:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $499 05/08/2021 11:51:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $423 05/08/2021 7:29:34 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $413 05/08/2021 7:29:34 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $322 05/08/2021 7:29:15 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $312 05/08/2021 7:29:15 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $275 05/08/2021 7:29:07 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $265 05/08/2021 7:29:06 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $222 05/08/2021 7:28:56 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $212 05/08/2021 7:28:56 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $165 05/08/2021 7:28:47 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $155 05/08/2021 7:28:46 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $122 05/08/2021 7:28:38 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $112 05/08/2021 7:28:38 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $66 05/08/2021 7:28:30 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $56 05/08/2021 7:28:30 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 05/08/2021 5:27:23 am (CDT)