Rubellite Tourmaline (fantasy cut by Brett Kosnar)

Minas Gerais, Brazil
Gems, 6.82 mm, 1.05 ct
Start Time: 11/30/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/07/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $110

Item Description

You could make an argument that Tourmaline is the most colorful gem in the world. Not only are Tourmalines found in every color of the rainbow, but they are one of the few gems found in natural bi-color and multi-color stones as well. Although, Tourmaline has been known for centuries, it actually was not fully recognized / identified until the 1800s. This is due to the fact that Spanish explorers in the 1500s mistook green Tourmaline found in Brazil for Emerald, and it remained misidentified for a few hundred years. The irony is that black Tourmaline (Schorl) had been well-known in Europe, but it took mineralogists quite a bit of time to realize that the colorful gemmy crystals were part of the same mineral group as the opaque black crystals. This stone is a wonderful Rubellite Tourmaline with an "Octagon" cut, virtually eye-clean clarity and a lovely vibrant reddish-pink color, but what makes it really special is the fact that it has a "Fantasy" cut. This style of cutting is where the underside/pavilion/culet area of the gem has actually been carved to create beautiful geometric patterns, freeform designs or unique shapes that are seldom seen in any colored stones on the market today. The gem was cut by Brett Kosnar of Kosnar Gem Co., who is a 4-time AGTA Spectrum Award winning gem cutter. A really special and beautiful one-of-a-kind stone for any fan of Tourmalines. It would make a great center stone for a pendant or a ring, or as an addition to your gem collection. Again, I will point out that this stone is virtually eye-clean, which is quite rare for Tourmaline because they are classified as "Type-3" gemstones, which means that inclusions are almost always present, and accepted by dealers and collectors, so when you find a stone like this, it's a big deal.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$110 12/07/2023 10:16:58 am (CST)
$100 12/07/2023 10:16:49 am (CST)
$90 12/07/2023 10:16:48 am (CST)
$80 12/07/2023 10:16:38 am (CST)
$70 12/07/2023 10:16:38 am (CST)
$60 12/07/2023 8:07:57 am (CST)
$50 12/06/2023 3:09:36 am (CST)