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    BLUE TOURMALINE WITH RED TOP
    Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
    Most things on the planet, people included, seem to come with a predictable level of imperfections. This makes it sometime a bit unnerving to find an object that appears to be designed and produced by Angels. Everything about this pastel treasure whispers "I am a mystery without limits." From the delicately bladed Clevelandite "sea foam" breaking around the massive, blue Tourmaline tower rising out of the waves, to the planar simplicity of the terminal face - everything about this treasure plays off complexity against simplicity, blue solidity against the merest, delicate thin line of red capping the last few millimeters, pale lavender Lepidolite nestled in the depths of the Clevelandite "breakers." This sublime art work has traveled halfway around the World to bring us the lesson that, whatever we do, Nature can do better and without needing our adulation or caring about our human concerns. This artless object measures a very significant 4½ x 4 x 4½ inches and has a custom labeled base. It is in pristine condition. One is not the owner of something like this; one is merely the caretaker, or the student.




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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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