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    ELBAITE
    Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Some Tourmaline specimens not only defy description, they defy photographers AND descriptors. Such a mythical beast is seen (as accurately as we can make it) here. The reason for its distinctive status stems from a combination of a steel blue-gray color (gray? gray isn't a color!) coupled with a very high degree of transparent perfection. As if that wasn't enough, there is a faint violet cast to the overall effect along with a bright pink termination. The image attempts to show the piece in its best light, but it really needs to be seen in person.
    Overall measurements: 1.7 x 0.4 inches (4.2 x 0.9 cm)

    Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Page 110.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    7th Sunday
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