Rubellite Tourmaline (classic material)

Jonas Mine (João Pinto Mine), Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.7 x 2.7 cm
Start Time: 11/18/2021 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/27/2021 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $360
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

There are thousands of Tourmaline localities around the world, but one of the most famous mines for this beloved mineral is the Jonas Mine in Brazil. In the late 1970s, there was a discovery of some of the most significant Tourmaline crystals ever found. According to the entry on mindat.org, "3.6 tons of high-quality rubellite crystals, including 200 kg of cutting-quality gem rough" were found. This piece is a classic example of these famous Rubellites featuring lustrous, gemmy, reddish-pink cranberry color prismatic crystals measuring up to 1.7 cm which are associated with bladed off-white colored Albite and beige/tan colored Cookeite Mica. The piece is in good shape overall, with no major damage, but some of the Tourmaline crystals are note terminated, as they are tightly intergrown with the matrix. Jonas Tourmalines are among the most important Tourmalines in the world, and here's a great chance to get your hands on a nice example of this classic material.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $360 11/27/2021 6:51:48 pm (CST)
Private Bidder * $350 11/27/2021 6:45:36 pm (CST)
Private Bidder * $350 11/27/2021 6:45:36 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $330 11/27/2021 6:42:35 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $320 11/27/2021 6:42:35 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $310 11/27/2021 2:17:01 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $300 11/27/2021 2:17:01 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $259 11/24/2021 11:06:10 pm (CST)
Private Bidder $249 11/20/2021 10:09:50 am (CST)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.