Weird Rubellite Tourmaline (classic locale)

Cruzeiro Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 4.0 x 2.7 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 06/03/2010 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/10/2010 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

A highly unusual rubellite tourmaline from the famous Cruzeiro Mine. The highly lustrous, pretty raspberry-red, pyramidal crystal is heavily etched, which gives it a weird, columnar look. The crystal has a chatoyant character to it and only the outer few millimeters are translucent. The core is deep purple. This is a striking and strange-looking tourmaline with excellent color from this noted locale. Complete all-around and nearly pristine, with only trivial sidewear. 33 grams.

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