Tourmaline ex. Steve Smale Coll.
- Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 1.5 x 1.4 cm
- Start Time: 07/19/2009 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
- End Time: 07/28/2009 7:12:46 pm (CDT)
- Auction Closed
A 25-gram, brilliantly colorful crystal from the so-called "lipstick pocket" which Steve Smale bought en masse while teaching math in Brazil in the 1980s, and brought back to trade and sell ever since. However, he long ago parted with the lesser pieces and this was a final miniature in his miiature tourmaline gem crystal suites, which I was able to trade out of him recently (my cost, COST, $2000). It has a riveting, totally gemmy core body of green grading to a light blue color in the middle, then to a lavender hue as you approach the termination, and finally to the intense cranberry cap. It is pristine, and complete all around, except only a small contact point in the back where a minor secondary crystal was attached in the pocket. Valued $2500