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    TOURMALINE
    Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)

    For those that have seen Fantasia, either when it first came out or later while under the influence, will probably recognize that Momeik Tourmaline is/was the probable archetype for a certain group of characters. For reasons best left to the boffins, Momeik Tourmaline likes to emulate wheat sheaves, mushrooms, shaving brushes and Fantasia characters. It may be hard to reconcile the exotically irregular exterior and the equally strange overall form, but the bright pink coloration should be a clear signal that this is still a member of the Tourmaline group (one that Mother Nature was having a little fun with, too). The bright pink exterior hides a secret: a dark interior that decided to become a "scepter" - a crystal with a 'stem' of normal proportions that abruptly expands/grows sideways as well as up. This form is sometimes seen in Quartz, but very rarely in Tourmaline. The rough exterior precludes absolute certainty, but the specimen appears to be in pristine condition.
    Overall measurements: 1.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 inches (3.1 x 4.4 x 3 cm)

    Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Page 198.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    7th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
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