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    ELBAITE - "THE HAND"
    Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA

    Some specimens are so different that it is impossible to mistake them for any others. Such is the case with "The Hand" - a very unusual multiple crystal group with eleven prisms of classic Himalaya pink color. The largest Crystal is 4.56 x 1.02 inches (11.6 x 2.6 cm), and the second largest is 3.81 x 1.1 inches (9.7 x 2.8 cm). All have typical green to pink coloration, great striations and fine transparency. Additionally, there are purple Lepidolite barrels up to 0.51 inches (1.3 cm) in length gracing the lower portion of the Tourmalines along with a colorless Quartz crystal measuring 2 inches (5.1 cm) in length and a few white Cleavelandite blades. Three of the Tourmaline crystals show typical fractures from in-pocket movements that have been repaired, but the majority (seven crystals) are in original condition and terminated. Overall, condition is excellent, and the compositional dynamic is most striking and unusual. It took one year in Dr. Pezzotta's labratory in Milano, Italy, to properly clean and repair this piece. It should be seen in person because the complex arrangement is much better in three dimensions than in a two dimensional photo. It is accompanied by a labeled custom base.
    Overall measurements: 5.3 x 5.8 x 2.6 inches (13.4 x 14.8 x 6.5 cm)

    Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Page 245.


    Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    7th Sunday
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