Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 11.7 x 9.2 x 3.7 cm
Start Time: 12/17/2009 6:40:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/29/2009 6:30:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This is a highly unusual, large tourmaline cluster which is truly CURVED.The photos do not convey this well, perhaps, but the main crystal is tectonically curved, bending clearly over the cap of its sidecar (which is not curved). They both have a pleasing, rich blue color grading to hints of purple at the very tips. It is a bit more blue, when backlit, but our photos show normal lighting from the front and above. It is smoothly contacted, but not damaged, on the back where the piece grew up against lepidolite plates. No repairs, and complete condition, make this an unusually pristine piece for the size.The curving form is most unusual, and very rare for this locality in particular. Most tourmalines subject to such bending during growth simply break, or break and reheal with a messy join. Only the Himalaya Mine in San Diego is noted for crystals of such form as this, but those are pink and this is blue! A most interesting piece on several levels, and nicely displayable too, so valued $2500. 437 grams in mass

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