Tourmaline ex. Graw Coll.

Himalaya Mine, San Diego County, California
Small Cabinet, 5.6 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 01/07/2010 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/19/2010 7:07:57 pm (CST)
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Item Description

This is a classic, oldstyle Himalaya tourmaline with extremely good glassiness and transparency to it (despite its thickness). It was found in the so-called Ralph Potter days, predating the modern era of business-oriented and systematic specimen mining here from the mid 1970s. The glassiness and transparent termination seen when looking downward are characteristics of the period. The crystal is complete all around, though there is a shallow ding on a back edge of the termination, and a few other small instances of edge wear on it. The green zone at the cap, intense from the sides, is surprisingly not so green when you look from the top, downward into the depth of the crystal. Execptional glassiness and gemminess make this stand out in a case. Valued $2000-2500. The piece masses approx. 50 grams.

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