Tourmaline w/ Cleavelandite (RARE loc. ex Larson Coll.)

Cota Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande Mining Dist., San Diego Co. California, USA
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 07/17/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 07/22/2021 6:35:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $159
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Mineral specimens are RARE from this obscure pegmatite on Gem Hill, near the renowned prolific Himalaya Mine. This very sculptural and cute 360-degree parallel-growth miniature tourmaline is nicely accented by the cluster of oxide-tinted cleavelandite blades. Deceptive, in that the highly lustrous, well-striated trigonal prism looks to be a black schorl crystal under normal light. BUT - back lighting and bright light reveals a zone of gemmy translucence above the black schorl body and below the lustrous pinacoidal termination, that has areas of pretty hues of violet color. Complete all-around and nearly pristine, with only trivial termination edge wear. Undoubtedly OLD material, pre-1970s. Mass is 30 grams. Ex Bill Larson San Diego County Pegmatite Collection and long on display at his Pala International shop in Fallbrook. RARE old bi-colored tourmaline from the Cota Mine.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $159 07/22/2021 6:26:06 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $150 07/22/2021 6:26:06 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $139 07/22/2021 6:25:51 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $129 07/22/2021 6:25:51 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $119 07/22/2021 6:17:57 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $109 07/22/2021 10:57:53 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $99 07/22/2021 10:57:17 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $95 07/22/2021 10:57:17 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $85 07/18/2021 10:37:32 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $75 07/18/2021 10:37:32 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $20 07/18/2021 6:32:12 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $15 07/18/2021 6:32:12 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 07/18/2021 2:51:58 am (CDT)