Super esthetic and fine display piece in great condition! A long (7.6 CM) gem clear shaft of tourmaline is composed of two parallel crystals well perched on the matrix. The matrix itself is a mix of tiny elbaites, lepidolite, quartz and albite crystals partially coated with a hard mica rich clay coating. This forms an excellent contrast to the colorful gem tourmaline. Amazingly there are no repairs on this delicate specimen, a very rare complete matrix example found a few years ago. The luster is top quality, brilliant, glass like and the color zoning is distinctive. Impressive and of a quality that is sure to appreciate.
Elbaite (very unusual form)
stock # A7-253-263
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill,Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
5.8 x 2.7 CM (cabinet)
A remarkably formed Elbaite "lollypop tourmaline" from early mining at the Himalaya (San Diego CA). Ex Larry White collection, this is said to be an illustrated/ published specimen in both a pen and ink drawing illustration and a black and white photo, but I do not know where this was published. If anyone knows I would love to find out. The piece is formed of 2 complete crystals that grew flat on a matrix (they are undamaged but the entire backside is a natural contact) to form an esthetic sculpture. The top crystal termination faces forward perched in notch atop a pink and green stalk. Resembling a stop sign or a lollypop this is clearly a very different arrangement! Good color with gemmy areas, nice luster and with a form that will stand out even in a crowded collection of tourmaline.