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TUC115-242 - Calcite on Stibnite - $ 12500 SOLD
Xianhuangkuang Mine, Wuyu, Nandan Co., Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China

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Calcite on Stibnite from Xianhuangkuang Mine, Wuyu, Nandan Co., Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-XionhuangKuangMine-China-65mm-JB242-02.jpg]
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Calcite on Stibnite from Xianhuangkuang Mine, Wuyu, Nandan Co., Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-XionhuangKuangMine-China-65mm-JB242-06.jpg]
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Calcite on Stibnite from Xianhuangkuang Mine, Wuyu, Nandan Co., Guangxi Zhuang A.R., China [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-XionhuangKuangMine-China-65mm-JB242-14.jpg]

This is one of only two such examples of gem, twinned , jewel-like calcite on stibnite that attained this level of perfection, from a small find of late 1999/early 2000 (in fact, the piece is shown in the What's New from Tucson column of May 2000, used to illustrate the find at the time it came to market). The crystal is absolutely pristine and features the richest color saturation and lustre for which this pocket was known. The stibnite is ALSO pristine and complete, all around! The calcite, nearly 2 inches, is perched upon it like a boat on a mountain. The pocket has left an impression , and was never repeated in this quality, though a trickle of further specimens came out. The later specimens were scalenohedral. The twinned habit, such as you see here, was unique to just a few pieces. There was so much mystery and competition surrounding these spectacular combo pieces that THREE TIMES , I was given erroneous information by Chinese and American dealers who were trying to keep it a secret until more mining could be done. Only years later did we learn the true locale. I remember falling in love with this piece (at the time, I was a devoted calcite collector myself, and had been so for 20 years since childhood) , but it was already sold to collector Steve Smale. I pried it out of him in an exchange within a year, and then kept it myself for half a dozen years until Wally repeated the armtwisting trick with me on another specimen i "had to have," as I switched to keeping only larger Chinese cabinet sized pieces for myself. Wally works here at our office helping me with sorting and research, a few days a week; and after two years of him fondling it in my collection, I had given in to the temptation of trading it out. This was, and remains, a favorite of my older collection, however. Now available from the Wally Mann collection, it is up for sale briefly as he wants to use the funds towards another piece. If it doesn't go, he'll keep it. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-240 - Titanite (twinned) - $ 1500 SOLD
Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria

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Titanite  (twinned) from Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria [db_pics/new2011/Titanite-Zillertal-Tyrol-Austria-27mm-JB240-04.jpg]
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Titanite  (twinned) from Zillertal, Tyrol, Austria [db_pics/new2011/Titanite-Zillertal-Tyrol-Austria-27mm-JB240-08.jpg]

This is an old, rare, locality piece. Seldom do you see large sphene crystals from the Alpine deposits in Switzerland or Austria. This is a perfect twin, very gemmy and with sharp form. Formerly in the collection of Clarence Bement, which was purchased by financier JP Morgan and donated around 1910 to the American Museum of Natural History. Joe Budd Photos . Large thumbnail or small miniature size


TUC115-239 - Diaspore (twinned) - $ 3200 SOLD
Selcuk, Mugla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey

miniature, 3.6 x 3.6 x 2.6 cm
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Diaspore (twinned) from Selcuk, Mugla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey [db_pics/new2011/Diaspore-AnatolianMnts-Turkey-36mm-JB239-01.jpg]
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Diaspore (twinned) from Selcuk, Mugla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey [db_pics/new2011/Diaspore-AnatolianMnts-Turkey-36mm-JB239-10.jpg]
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Diaspore (twinned) from Selcuk, Mugla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey [db_pics/new2011/Diaspore-AnatolianMnts-Turkey-36mm-JB239-13.jpg]
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Diaspore (twinned) from Selcuk, Mugla Province, Aegean Region, Turkey [db_pics/new2011/Diaspore-AnatolianMnts-Turkey-36mm-JB239-23.jpg]

Once an old classic, there was a lapse of production from this locality for decades. Now, re-mining efforts for specimens here have produced a probably brief burst of this old gem material again , and at very reasonable prices for specimens in better condition than the pieces we find stashed in most old collections from the 1960s-1970s. NOW is the time to get one! I have never seen such good material from this historic location on the market in my own lifetime, at fair prices no less; and I believe it will not last. This is a particularly fat and gemmy crystal, twinned, with substantial value in gem-cutting material alone. It is complete all around, and shows unusually well-developed, broad terminations. It is pristine save for only the most trivial of nicks,nothing consequential - remarkable for a soft species in this size, and from this locality. This fine miniature was purchased in Europe in 2009 and has been in the collection of Bill Larson, prior to an armtwisting exchange to me recently. If from the older finds, from an old or museum collection, one would expect to hav epaid double for a piece with more damage before this new find, to get anything remotely as displayable. I am a big believer in revisiting old lcoations that produce again, and putting away for the long droughts that inevitably follow. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-238 - Euclase - $ 7200 SOLD
Corrego Dom Bosco, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Euclase from Corrego Dom Bosco, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new2011/Euclase-CorregoDomBosco-Brazil-34mm-JB238-11.jpg]

Euclase from the famous imperial topaz mining district in Brazil is quite rare in this quality, with only a very few crystals found per year and seldom any of such size as this one. The color is a pleasing light blue shade, and the sparkly brightness of these crystals is totally unique from other gem euclase (from Colombia's emerald mines or from the alternate Brazilian locale in Ecuador). These look like works of heavy lead glass, with the same effect of seeing any surface details reflected as an optical illusion of other faces of the crystal. This is a true gem, and worthy of the most serious collector of Brazilian gem crystals. It comes from the private collection of a gem trade dealer I know in Brazil, who sold a few things recently. I have not had such a Brazilian piece for sale previously and i have seen only two euclases of this quality from Brazil sell in recent years - both at higher prices , in fact. As this came literally direct from the source, I felt the price to me was reasonable and I have kept it so (in my opinion). Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-237 - Phosphophyllite - $ 2250 SOLD
Unificada Mine, Cerro de Potosi, Potosi Department, Bolivia

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Phosphophyllite from Unificada Mine, Cerro de Potosi, Potosi Department, Bolivia [db_pics/new2011/Phosphophyllite-UnificadaMine-Bolivia-29mm-JB237-09.jpg]
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Phosphophyllite from Unificada Mine, Cerro de Potosi, Potosi Department, Bolivia [db_pics/new2011/Phosphophyllite-UnificadaMine-Bolivia-29mm-JB237-15.jpg]
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Phosphophyllite from Unificada Mine, Cerro de Potosi, Potosi Department, Bolivia [db_pics/new2011/Phosphophyllite-UnificadaMine-Bolivia-29mm-JB237-16.jpg]

A dramatic cluster of several parallel grown crystals from THE holy grail of old rarities finds, the phosphopyllites found in the 1940s-1950s in Bolivia. Still today, nothing matches the shocking and unique color of a phospho from the old finds here. The intense color saturation just glows and stands out in a case. The color saturation is so intense, that honestly even fine photos simply find it hard to convey the exact and unique tone of green color. Most are not complete around the edges in part due to their age, and to the softness of the species. So some damage is generally acceptable to own a larger-than-1cm example of these crystals. This crystal can display one of two ways. Vertically, it shows a fine termination and a very gemmy, transparent large face forward. The back of the termination is slightly damaged, and the right rear edge and bottom edge in this view show contact or breakaway damage. Nevertheless, it displays finely and look simpressive, especially given the price for a size where such crystals are normally five figures. Some of us here prefer it, actually, set horizontal to show maximum width. Either way, this piece presents more finely than perhaps the text implies, and it is a relatively large example to find on the market. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-235 - Tanzanite - $ 2000 SOLD
Merelani Mines, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Tanzanite from Merelani Mines, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania [db_pics/new2011/Tanzanite-MerelaniHills-Tanzania-24mm-JB235-43.jpg]

A stunning, totally gemmy crystal weighing in at 36.5cts of pure gem rough quality cutting material. This crystal is razor sharp and glassy. Interestingly, it is composed of two crystals in parallel growth, and so the termination is more appealing than the typical "singles" you might expect in a thumbnail example of this species.The blue color is a normal color saturation, and the purple is richer than usual , especially in a smaller crystal size. The piece exhibits a third color on the vertical axis, more pink-lavender than the deep red common in larger crystals. Still, this third color is present and marks it as natural and unheated. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-233 - Dundasite on Hydrocerussite - $ 3200 SOLD
Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia

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Dundasite on Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia [db_pics/new2011/Dundasite-Cerussite-Tsumeb-Namibia-8cm-JB233-15.jpg]
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Dundasite on Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia [db_pics/new2011/Dundasite-Cerussite-Tsumeb-Namibia-8cm-JB233-07.jpg]
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Dundasite on Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia [db_pics/new2011/Dundasite-Cerussite-Tsumeb-Namibia-8cm-JB233-10.jpg]
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Dundasite on Hydrocerussite from Tsumeb Mine (Tsumcorp Mine), Tsumeb, Otjikoto (Oshikoto) Region, Namibia [db_pics/new2011/Dundasite-Cerussite-Tsumeb-Namibia-8cm-JB233-11.jpg]

Dundasite is a very rare lead carbonate species. This relatively large specimen hosts the richest single amount of Dundasite I have seen on a Tsumeb piece. Normally the mineral is white from other locales, and seldom found in such color intensity. This is therefore not only pretty, but is a major example of this rarity. It was in an old African collection, and later comes from the Marshall Sussman Tsumeb collection. What is more, the intense blue crystal clusters of dundasite are perched on contrasting, stark white crystals of reticulated cerussite. The unusual bright white color of the cerussite is due to their alteration to hydrocerussite - probably a partial alteration, if not quite complete. A major rarity, worthy of showing in a display collection as well - That is my favorite kind of rarity. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-229 - Calcite - $ 750 SOLD
Gallatin Canyon, Gallatin Co., Montana, USA

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Calcite from Gallatin Canyon, Gallatin Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-GallatinCanyon-Montana-64mm-JB229-13.jpg]
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Calcite from Gallatin Canyon, Gallatin Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-GallatinCanyon-Montana-64mm-JB229-04.jpg]
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Calcite from Gallatin Canyon, Gallatin Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-GallatinCanyon-Montana-64mm-JB229-07.jpg]
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Calcite from Gallatin Canyon, Gallatin Co., Montana, USA [db_pics/new2011/Calcite-GallatinCanyon-Montana-64mm-JB229-11.jpg]

Gallatin is known for honey-colored and translucent calcites , and also as a tough and remote place to collect. Most pieces are big - the locale usually produces larger calcite crystals of double this size and above. This has to be the most aesthetic smaller example I have seen, for quality, translucency, and sharpness of form! It was long in the calcite collection of Dallas collector (and organizer of much of our auctions) Karl Warning.  Complete all around, and comes with a custom base. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-228 - Copper (spinel twin) - $ 7500 SOLD
Itauz Mine, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan

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Copper (spinel twin) from Itauz Mine, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan [db_pics/new2011/Copper-ItauzMine-Kazakhstan-62mm-JB228-11.jpg]
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Copper (spinel twin) from Itauz Mine, Karagandy Province, Kazakhstan [db_pics/new2011/Copper-ItauzMine-Kazakhstan-62mm-JB228-24.jpg]

This locality has, in rare spurts, put out some of the finest copper specimens of the last few decades. This particular piece stands WAY above the crowd of normal size and quality, in that it is "matrixy" and displays so nicely on its own pedestal instead of just as a single, stuck upright. Although it looks fragile, it is quite robust in person and not "willowy " at all. It has a natural oxidation patina to it, and has not been cleaned to disturb that subtly graded reddish-brown look (which many copper collectors love). This is one of a very few pieces that came out around 2006 at the Tucson show of that year, and were quickly gobbled up by collectors. I have not seen another from that find, very distinct for the patina as well as the size and robustness compared to other finds, show up since. This one was long held in copper suite of the private collection of a retired dealer who was in Tucson early that year and was able to snag it before the market caught up, Ken Roberts. I purchased it in his collection dispersal this year (Tucson 2011). Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-226 - Quartz Gwindel - rare locality - $ 12500 SOLD
Remedios, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil Quartz

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Quartz Gwindel - rare locality from Remedios, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil Quartz [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-NovoHorizonte-Brazil-12cm-JB226-15.jpg]
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Quartz Gwindel - rare locality from Remedios, Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil Quartz [db_pics/new2011/Quartz-Gwindel-NovoHorizonte-Brazil-12cm-JB226-20.jpg]

For Brazil., this is a crazy thing!!! I have never seen a gwindel of this magnitude from Brazil, and this comes from the collection of a prominent gem dealer who lives in the region, and whom I trust completely as to its provenance. The ironic thing, of course, is that a large gwindel of this quality would cost MORE if from the Swiss Alps. The piece is 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide and 3 deep, as it sits on a custom base. It is dramatic and good from both sides. Complete all around, with a very pronounced twist, this is a major piece! It comes with well-known gem dealer Brian Cook's handwritten notes about it on his business card, where he says there were 8 found, in 1985-1987 at this location. It has been in his private collection for 25 years until now. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-223 - Beryl var. Emerald - $ 12500 SOLD
Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA

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Beryl var. Emerald from Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/new2011/Emerald-Hiddenite-NC-4cm-JB223-07.jpg]
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Beryl var. Emerald from Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/new2011/Emerald-Hiddenite-NC-4cm-JB223-09.jpg]
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Beryl var. Emerald from Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/new2011/Emerald-Hiddenite-NC-4cm-JB223-12.jpg]
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Beryl var. Emerald from Hiddenite, Alexander Co., North Carolina, USA [db_pics/new2011/Emerald-Hiddenite-NC-4cm-JB223-20.jpg]

This emerald is one of the finest single crystals I know of for the locale, on a gram per gram size and quality basis. It is gemmy, transparent, bright, with excellent color and the rarest type of termination for the locality (or for emeralds, in general). The termination is sharp and prismatic instead of flat and hexagonal, with brilliantly glassy, lustrous faces. It was exchanged out of the American Museum of Natural History in the early 1980s to dealer/collector Larry Conklin. He kept it for years, and then took an offer and let it go. Recently, he was able to get it back, after (re)-purchasing the collection it went into. The AMNH records disclosed to Larry at the time of its deaccession indicated that the famous gemologist and mineral dealer George Kunz had sold the piece to William Boyce Thompson (1869-1930). Thompson was a major mining investor by 1900, with operations in Arizona and Montana in addition to his financial influence as director for a time of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His collection was bequeathed to the American Museum on his death. The crystal was once on display in the Museum's mineral hall, although it was wrongly labelled as "Brazil" in origin at the time despite its obvious and easily identifiable North Carolina nature: At the turn of the 1900s there was a premium attached to emeralds from foreign countries, as North Carolina was producing domestically; and it is quite possible that the specimen was intentionally mislabelled for that reason in the chain of ownership. Note that the piece has not, in 100 years, been cleaned fully - it still retains pocket clay attached and shows an "antique " look. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-222 - Atacamite - $ 6000 SOLD
Moonta mines, Moonta, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia

miniature, 3.5 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm
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Atacamite from Moonta mines, Moonta, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia [db_pics/new2011/Atacamite-Kadina-Australia-35mm-JB222-08.jpg]

An unusually aesthetic and superb spray of rare, robust atacamite crystals from the late 1800s or early 1900s, this was actually one of the larger pieces in the superb copper-species thumbnails/toenails suite of Roland and Kathy Sherman. It is a small miniature, properly. This material is a historic classic , EXTREMELY HARD to come by today as most was mined prior to 1930 or so. Many specimens are turn of the 1900s. To get such fine crystals is hard enough, but pristine ones, in a 3-dimensional spray?!...forget about it. Old material, superb for the species, and seldom seen, these only come out of Museum collections. This is one of my favorites of the update and one of the owners' favorites in their large thumbnail/miniatures collection when sold. It is illustrated in ROCKS & MINERALS, Connosseur's Choice Column (Sept-Oct 2006, pg 374). Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-221 - Cuprite (cubic) in Quartz cast with Plancheite - $ 4000 SOLD
Shangulowe Mine, Kambove, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo

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Cuprite (cubic) in Quartz cast with Plancheite from Shangulowe Mine, Kambove, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/new2011/Cuprite-Plancheite-Shangulowe-DRC-63mm-JB221-05.jpg]
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Cuprite (cubic) in Quartz cast with Plancheite from Shangulowe Mine, Kambove, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of Congo [db_pics/new2011/Cuprite-Plancheite-Shangulowe-DRC-63mm-JB221-11.jpg]

I first saw this unusual cubically crystallized cuprite crystal perched in its unusual quartz "cave" in the late 1990s when dealer Cal Graeber purchased it from the estate of collector Gerald Herfurth. I did not then have the money to buy all I wanted from his purchases. I always regretted not buying it then, as I had never seen a cuprite quite like this , and the aesthetics are just unique. I always remembered it and imagine my surprise when I saw it again recently! The cuprite (approx 1.1 x 0.9 cm) is sharp and interesting in form, and is perched nicely in what seems to have been a quartz filling of a cavity in between blocks of rock matrix, now removed. The quartz "pocket" itself is a floater, contacted and showing the pattern of the constraining matrix it grew between at the base and around the periphery. Where space allowed, the quartz crystallized into brilliant crystals of high lustre. Only one cuprite crystal seems to have nucleated within the pocket and, unlike others I have seen from this very same mine, it has a shape that is either truly cubic or pseudocubic. To be honest, the location of Shangulowe Mine has come down with the specimen but quartz is not reported from this mine, as I see it on MINDAT. Yet, quartz is also not reported from Mashamba West Mine, where so many of our cuprites come from. I believe this to simply be from a unique old mining claim or mine, probably an old vein in Shangulowe or a small dig nearby. The piece was sold by Graeber to Dr. Ed David, in whose collection it remained for nearly a decade before being exchanged into the collection of Larry Conklin, from whom I in turn obtained the specimen last year - about 10 years after seeing it for the first time! As a side note, the price now has been able to be the same price as it was then, due to teh various trades involved, and that I got it in a larger exchange I amortised, myself.  Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-220 - Tourmaline - $ 2750 SOLD
Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Tourmaline from Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new2011/Tourmaline-Cruzeiro-Brazil-69mm-JB220-06.jpg]
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Tourmaline from Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new2011/Tourmaline-Cruzeiro-Brazil-69mm-JB220-07.jpg]

A gorgeous, intensely colored tourmaline showing many color zones. The 24-gram crystal is complete and perfect all around, 360 degrees. The lustre is superb, very glassy and bright. The color gradients are subtle and make it a very interesting piece, overall - This is a classic old style from the late 1980s that now comes up only as collections recycle. This is a smaller version of the piece above, very elegant and even more transparent. ex Andreas Graw collection. Joe Budd Photos


TUC115-219 - Tourmaline - $ 3800 SOLD
Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

small cabinet, 7.8 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm
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Tourmaline from Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new2011/Tourmaline-Cruzeiro-Brazil-78mm-JB219-11.jpg]
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Tourmaline from Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new2011/Tourmaline-Cruzeiro-Brazil-78mm-JB219-06.jpg]
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Tourmaline from Cruzeiro mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [db_pics/new2011/Tourmaline-Cruzeiro-Brazil-78mm-JB219-09.jpg]

A gorgeous, intensely colored tourmaline showing many color zones. The 41-gram crystal is complete and perfect all around, 360 degrees. The lustre is superb, very glassy and bright. The color gradients are subtle and make it a very interesting piece, overall - This is a classic old style from the late 1980s that now comes up only as collections recycle. ex Andreas Graw collection. Joe Budd Photos



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