Tourmaline with "bends" ex. Budil Coll.

Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 1.8 x 2.0 cm
Start Time: 02/25/2009 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/10/2009 7:38:19 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

This elegant example of a bent tourmaline shows, bettre than most, how tectonic movement during crystal growth can lead to gradual breaking-rehealing that twists the symmetry of the crystal even as it grows, resulting in tourmalines that actually look like they were bent after forming. This phenomenon is not common to Brazilian tourmalines, and in fact I cannot recall seeing such a dramatic case in a Pederneira piece. At 41 grams and 3.5 inches, this is a dramatic crystal ANYHOW, but the bend makes it much more interesting and a standout in any case of otherwise straight tourmalines. Valued $2000

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