Tourmaline (bi-colored crystal) with Quartz and Microcline

Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 4.9 x 4.9 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

The famous Himalaya Mine has produced some of the most iconic Tourmaline crystals from any locality in the United States. This piece is a beautiful older specimen featuring a 4.3 cm, sharp, lustrous, gemmy, pink and green bi-colored prismatic crystal sitting on a matrix comprising Smoky Quartz and beige colored Microcline. The lower portion the Tourmaline has a small "break" where it was partially disrupted due to tectonic activity underground, but it's not repaired, it's natural. I can't say for sure which pocket this piece is from, but I'll bet that there are Himalaya experts out there who might know. A fine small cabinet sized representative gem crystal specimen from this historic locality. Valued at $2,000-$2,500. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#145 US), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.