Tourmaline ex. Ed David Coll.

Paprok, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Large Cabinet, 16.5 x 3.6 x 2.2 cm
Start Time: 10/16/2008 8:00:00 am (CDT)
End Time: 10/23/2008 8:14:13 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This multicolored crystal is really unusual in that it looks like a frozen waterfall, turned upside-down, and dyed with cotton candy colors. At first glance, you would think something with so oddly tapered a shape must be broken and busted up, but its NOT! It is actually quite complete, crystallized 100% all around even the backside in this complex parallel-growth style. It is actually a floater except only for a small attachment at the base. Probably it broke off in the pocket and then growth continued from the original crystal, which would explain this weird effect and lack of a breakpoint on the backside. This specimen is elegant, not massive. It is simply unusual when compared to so many other such tourmalines from this part of the world. Ed David, President Nixon's former science advisor., sold this to me in his collection sale a few years back and its been in my drawers since. Now found, it even comes with a free custom made vertical display stand as a bonus. Valued $4000-6000. THIS IS NOT REPAIRED, by the way, despite its size

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