Tourmaline (bi-color) with Lepidolite

Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
2.7 x 1.9 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 02/07/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 02/14/2019 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $41

Item Description

Here we have a beautiful crystal of bi-color Tourmaline with lustrous, striated prism faces and good internal translucency. The majority of the crystal shows a glowing pink hue, but if you look closely, the termination is a wonderfully contrasting greenish-yellow shade. The crystal is covered with little groups of rich purple "Lepidolite" Mica and a bit of white bladed Albite on the back. Now it must be noted that Lepidolite is no longer a valid mineral species, and according to the scattered information we found, Lepidolite is defined as a mineral in the so-called Polylithionite-Trilithionite series. Webmineral.com still reports that it's a valid species, and the IMA list online ( http://nrmima.nrm.se//IMA_Master_List_%282018-11%29.pdf ) no longer recognizes Lepidolite. The piece is in good shape, with no major damage, and it's complete all the way around. It would make a nice addition to any Tourmaline suite, a gem crystal collection, or a Brazilian collection.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
m1ig2o $41 02/14/2019 5:53:24 pm (CST)
rkrocks $36 02/14/2019 5:53:24 pm (CST)
m1ig2o $31 02/14/2019 5:53:04 pm (CST)
rkrocks $26 02/14/2019 5:53:04 pm (CST)
m1ig2o $21 02/14/2019 2:03:12 pm (CST)
mineralrookie $15 02/13/2019 11:28:35 pm (CST)
paulrock $10 02/09/2019 4:40:45 pm (CST)