Tourmaline

Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 13.0 x 2.4 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 04/15/2021 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/01/2021 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

This is a gorgeous, display-sized classic multicolored Pederneira tourmaline specimen from the earlier finds of the modern era, purchased directly from the mining company (Fine Minerals Intl) around 2005. It is robust, deeply saturated with color (some pockets were so-so, but this has really rich coloration!), and sparkly. It has a complete termination but is unusual in that this is not "just a single" but rather two crystals grown together to give a bit more impact as they splay out and give it more volume and dimensionality than you might otherwise expect, so it is a bit thicker at top than at bottom. This really makes it stand out from most others of similar style. As is typical of this material, particularly the material from the 2000s, nearly anything in this size is repaired. This specimen has 4 acceptable repairs and some very minor epoxy filling at the natural junction lines (invisible to most people, and hard to see - it is a very well done repair). Note that the colors shift a little in different lighting, more blue-green in halogen lighting and more blue in fluorescent room lighting - but both hues are strong and beautiful. Comes with a custom lucite base. Such specimens from this era are sometimes seen at shows, and values can vary widely, it seems. However, a retail range of $12,000-15,000 seems fair. 113 grams.