Tourmaline with Albite and Quartz
- Stak Nala, Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan
- Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 5.1 x 4.3 cm
- Start Time: 02/25/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
- End Time: 03/10/2009 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
- Auction Closed
This is from an absolutely wonderful pocket of deep pink/green bicolors found in the late 1980s, and very classic for the style in form and overall aesthetics. The tourmalineis 6.3 x 2.3 x 2 cm in size and has intense color to each end. Often, only on eor the other end is deeply colored, and one pale. Here, the pink is almost red in hue, and the green is very saturated. I love the differrent tourmaline terminations you see on these, when at their best as here - so dramatic, split apart by the veil of white in the middle. This is a floater, complete all around, with sheaves of cleavelandite matrix and a 4 cm doubly-terminated quartz attached - all floating, free of any damage or contact points ( except maybe a small little patch in the middle of the rear of the cleavelandite which may be a rehealed contact point). For size, balance, color, aesthetics...this piece REALLY exemplifies all you could want out of this famous style. The tourmaline itself is unusually translucent, as most are more dark, and shows its colors with only minimal, normal case backlighting. I obtained this in a trade from another dealer who had it valued at $3500. I do NOT think that was unfair. certainly $2500-3500 is a realistic range and you do not see this quality often.