Proud Pocket, 2000
    Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Unique is an overworked term whose association is rarely justified in its overly liberal application to virtually every item in need of a marketing buzzword the likes of: "premium," "titanium," "extreme," "platinum," etc., etc., ad nauseam. In this particular case, we can categorically state, without fear of contradiction, that this Tourmaline specimen is definitely, definitively unique. There is no specimen even vaguely like this one. That unique distinction would be much less justified, were it not for the presence of a "flower," cluster of four crystals attached at the termination of an already superb prism measuring 6.18 inches (15.7 cm) in length. It's not the only significant member of the group. Second largest is a "bent' crystal 5.31 inches (13.5 cm) long, and there is even a third - a "normal" one measuring only 4.33 inches (11 cm). Of the "flower" cluster, three of the four are double-terminated. All of the various Tourmaline crystals making up the matrix specimen share an obvious commonality in color, arrangement of color, luster, transparency and form. There are but two colors that are displayed by the Tourmaline: a smoky, peach pink and a vibrant, transparent green. One should note that the greater percentage of the pink core material is always located closer to the flat, pedion termination of any given crystal. Conversely, one will also notice that the greater percentage of the grass green, transparent material tends to occur more towards the other end of all crystals. All Tourmalines arise from a matrix of a massive pair of shining, euhedral Quartz crystals of a light smoky hue. Here and there, single bladed crystals of Cleavelandite make their appearance, and some of them are included into the Quartz at one place. Similarly, pale violet Lepidolite forms small aggregates and isolated clusters on a random basis. There are repairs, but the fact that this, never to be repeated masterpiece even exists, is one of the proofs for God. It was featured on the cover of "Mineralien Welt" magazine and in the dreams of more than a few Tourmaline collectors. When displayed at the "Brazilian Beauties" exhibit at the 2010 Münich Gem & Mineral Show, it brought gasps of astonishment ... and rightly so.
    Overall measurements: 7.5 x 7.2 x 5.4 inches (19 x 18.2 x 13.8 cm)

    Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Page 152 & 153.
    Illustrated: Keilmann, J., Bode, R., Hamann, S., et al (Eds.). (2010). Turmaline aus der Pederneira-Mine. Messekatalog 2010 Mineralienmontage: Brasilien, Salzhemmendorf: Bode Verlag. Page 38.
    Illustrated: Bode, R. (Ed.). (2010). Mineralien Welt 6/2010, Salzhemmendorf: Bode Verlag. Cover.
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    Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000.

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    June, 2015
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