Virgem da Lapa, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    The scandal sheets occasionally make reference to someone being "bent" - a waggish term for someone being bribable. It turns out that a small number of minerals can also be "bent". In fact, that is the common term for such specimens: Bents. Tourmaline is one of those few minerals and this is a good example of the phenomenon. It is theorized that while this rosy treasure was growing, tectonic movements caused deformation of the "pocket" that surrounded the growing crystal. That deformation caused fractures across the crystal that subsequently "healed" much like a broken bone can heal in a deformed position. For bones, this is considered an undesirable situation. Not so with Tourmaline, where it is seen as an interesting bonus to the overall picture. Besides the charming bend in the crystal, there is a lovely combination of a light blue area at the core of the crystal with a gemmy, enveloping layer of light cranberry color extending the length of the crystal. Typical Tourmaline striations festoon the exterior of the prism from the angular termination at one end to the "fuzzy" termination of dark needles at the other. Luster is the normal glassy one and condition is pristine. There is one repair.
    Overall measurements: 8.75 x 0.8 x 0.65 inches (22.2 x 2 x 1.7 cm).

    Provenance: Russell Behnke [Hoppel # D0023]

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    October, 2013
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