Gemmy bi-colored Tourmaline (RARE - old) Bill Larson Coll.

Esmeralda Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm
Start Time: 09/09/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 09/16/2021 6:35:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $615
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Mineral specimens are RARE from the aptly named Esmeralda (Emerald) Mine, near the renowned Himalaya Mine. This sculptural and deceptive parallel-growth small cabinet pair of lustrous, glassy, well-striated trigonal tabular prisms appears to be translucent dark to light emerald-green under normal light. Bright front and back lighting reveals the crystals are gemmy translucent with fine green color with striking zones of teal-blue color lower in the prisms! The large prism has a broken termination. Mining started in 1899 and apparently ceased around 1909. John Sinkankas and others explored the pegmatite between 1956 and the mid-1960s, when this fine piece was collected. See MINDAT: https://www.mindat.org/loc-91270.html and the 2002 Mineralogical Record issue, Vol. 33, No. 5 for more information on the mine. Ex Bill Larson San Diego County Pegmatite Collection and long on display at his Pala International shop in Fallbrook. A choice, rare and richly colored tourmaline from the locale. Mass is 23 grams.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $615 09/16/2021 6:28:40 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $590 09/16/2021 5:42:20 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $565 09/16/2021 3:17:58 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $540 09/15/2021 6:52:50 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $515 09/12/2021 7:54:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $500 09/12/2021 7:54:56 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $395 09/11/2021 8:50:50 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $385 09/11/2021 8:50:50 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $375 09/10/2021 5:28:22 pm (CDT)
GBC $365 09/10/2021 5:28:22 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $355 09/10/2021 2:23:37 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $345 09/10/2021 2:23:37 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $237 09/10/2021 12:22:25 am (CDT)
jmzdrum91 $227 09/10/2021 12:22:24 am (CDT)
jmzdrum91 $10 09/09/2021 10:57:46 pm (CDT)