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    TOURMALINE on CLEAVELANDITE: "BLASTOFF"
    Grandon Pocket, 2004
    Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Rising from a pure white base of bladed Cleavelandite is a stunning group of multi-colored Tourmaline crystals of elongated form. The specimen is composed of roughly six crystals, but the aggregate is strongly dominated by a group displaying a radiating, sub-parallel habit with three terminated crystals taking flight from the matrix, hence the name: "Blastoff." The longest crystal in the group measures 7.08 inches (18 cm). The main crystal group shares dark pink coloration at the base, shifting to clean green for much of the crystals length before darkening to an olive green at the terminations. All of the crystals tend to show this progression. Luster is bright and glassy with numerous gemmy areas. The matrix is composed largely of colorless, white Albite crystals with a slight blue cast. In the center lies a small hollow lined with a few Lepidolites and sprouting several secondary Tourmalines; otherwise, no other minerals are evident. With the exception of one repair, overall condition is excellent to pristine and comes with a custom labeled base.
    Overall measurements: 5.6 x 5.4 x 6.6 inches (14.2 x 13.7 x 16.8 cm)

    Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Front cover and page 151.
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    Estimate: $450,000 - $650,000.

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    June, 2015
    7th Sunday
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