Tourmaline on Quartz

Mawi pegmatite, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 5.9 x 4.8 cm
Start Time: 02/25/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/10/2009 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Photos well describe this 7-cm-long glowing green spear of tourmaline, impaling a fat milkly quartz crystal! The tourmaline diverges into multiple cityscape terminations after emerging through the quartz, and the effect is quite a geometric contrast to the simple prism on the quartz termination. There is no damage to the tourmaline (nor the quartz!). The multiple terminations of the tourmaline, exposed and subject to easy break, are in fact pristine and undamaged, AND complete all around. Freestanding clusters of tourmaline, and of this ultra-green hue, on a crystallized matrix...this is an incredible, sophisticated specimen from a new and really different find; and should value at $5000-6000. 233 grams

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