DescriptionELBAITE & ALBITE
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Mineral specimens are like anything else in life: there are good ones, so-so ones and outstanding ones. For the Cruzeiro Mine, this is one of the great ones. It is the best Cruzeiro green Tourmaline known, and it features a centrally located prism with a flat termination over 4 inches (10.16 cm) in length and with a diameter of 1.5 inches (3.7 cm). The color is an intense blue-green shifting to grass green just beneath the thin pink layer capping the termination. The lower portions of the Tourmaline are enclosed to some degree by large and colorless blades of Albite that form a rosette at the base of the Tourmaline crystal, containing several secondary Tourmalines of green coloration. Luster is glassy to brilliant on the striated prism faces. The specimen has been pictured in a number of books and was part of the "Brazilian Beauties" special exhibit at the Munich Gem & Mineral Show in 2010. There are two custom acrylic bases allowing for two different orientations. It is in superbly pristine condition.
Overall measurements: 2.8 x 4.5 x 2.8 inches (7.2 x 11.5 x 7 cm)
Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Page 93.
Estimate: $380,000 - $580,000.
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