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Tourmaline on Quartz from Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71501a.JPG] Tourmaline on Quartz from Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71501b.JPG]


No. GEMXL71501 - $ 1800.00

Tourmaline on Quartz

Locality: Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 7.0 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm (small cabinet)
Tourmaline: 4.7 cm


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


Brazil is one of the most prestigious gem crystal producing countries in the world, and arguably the most prolific Tourmaline producer extant. This piece is a magnificent small cabinet display specimen featuring a superb quality, GEM Tourmaline crystal which is aesthetically flarling of a WATER CLEAR, very slightly smoky Quartz group from this world famous Tourmaline producing locality. The piece is completely unrepaired, which is not common for matrix Tourmalines from any Brazilian locality. The Tourmaline crystal is extremely sharp and lustrous with a classic pyramidal termination and noteworthy striated prism faces. The color is mostly green, and CRYSTAL CLEAR when backlit, but there is a bit of pink that can be seen near the base of the Tourmaline. The Quartz group has fine quality, smooth, brilliant faces and looks beautiful against the stark green hue of the Tourmaline. This piece came from my father, and although it looks like more of a modern Pederneira type specimen, he told me that he personally acquired this one in Brazil from the Cruzeiro mine.

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Schorl on Albite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71502a.JPG] Schorl on Albite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71502b.JPG] Schorl on Albite from Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71502c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71502 - $ 900.00

Schorl on Albite

Locality: Urucum Mine, Galileia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A classic from the early 1970’s featuring a sharp, jet-black, prismatic, lustrous Schorl Tourmaline crystal smartly set atop bladed white to somewhat colorless translucent to gemmy Albite (var: “Cleavelandite”) from the famous Urucum Mine. No repairs, and no damage to the Schorl crystal, and just look at how fine the quality of the Albite is. Rarely does one encounter translucent to gemmy Albite from any locality and the stark contrast between the solid black Schorl and the graceful white to colorless Albite makes this a really attractive pegmatite display specimen from this famous mine in Brazil. From my father’s collection, dating back to circa 1974, when he personally acquired it in Brazil.

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Tourmaline (Scepter) from Barra de Salinas district, Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71503a.JPG] Tourmaline (Scepter) from Barra de Salinas district, Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71503b.JPG] Tourmaline (Scepter) from Barra de Salinas district, Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71503c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71503 - $ 1400.00

Tourmaline (Scepter)

Locality: Barra de Salinas district, Barra de Salinas, Coronel Murta, Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 6.1 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A classic “scepter” habit bicolor Tourmaline from what is the world’s most well known locality for this specific material. When one thinks of scepter Tourmalines, most people immediately think of Barra de Salinas, and this locality has been providing the mineral world with these attractive and unique crystals for decades. This attractive small cabinet specimen was acquired by my father in the early 1970s in Brazil – most likely either 1973 or 1974 – and I only recently discovered it in a small box of things he had “stashed away” in the vault. The piece is a fine, sharp, gemmy, lustrous, GEM quality green and “cat’s eye” pink bicolor group with the renowned tapered scepter habit. It’s nearly doubly-terminated, but a small contact at the base keeps it from being a complete floater. Overall, a very attractive example of these showy and interesting specimens, which actually formed in stages during period of hydrothermal etching to create the thin base with the thicker scepter cap on top.

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Tourmaline (Unique Bicolor Specimen) from Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71504a.JPG] Tourmaline (Unique Bicolor Specimen) from Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71504b.JPG] Tourmaline (Unique Bicolor Specimen) from Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71504c.JPG] Tourmaline (Unique Bicolor Specimen) from Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71504d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71504 - SOLD

Tourmaline (Unique Bicolor Specimen)

Locality: Cruzeiro Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 6.3 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm (small cabinet)


A truly ONE-OF-A-KIND Tourmaline specimen! At first glance, it just looks like a stout / thick blue green crystal, but upon closer inspection you can see that there’s a secret hiding in plain sight. Tucked into the larger blue-green crystal is a beautiful bicolor pink and green crystal lying perpendicular at a complete 90 degree angle from the larger host crystal. When backlit, you can see that not only is the smaller crystal a bicolor, but it shows wonderful gemminess, especially on the pink end, which actually shows evidence of a gem nodule! The larger crystal is not without its charm as it has a striking broad front face and a fairly steep pyramidal termination along with a captivating internal blue-green hue when backlit. Additionally, it’s fairly lustrous and shows a cool “cat’s eye” effect in the lower portion. Overall, the we did our best to photograph the specimen, but it’s best seen in person. If you collect Tourmaline, or unusual minerals, this one is for you. I like to use a ton of superlatives for “unusual” pieces like this, but I really think this one is special. Out of the many thousands of Tourmalines we’ve seen in our lives, this is the ONLY ONE we can remember that looks like this piece.



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Quartz (variety: “Ametrine”) from Anahi (Anay), Santa Cruz, Bolivia [./gemxl715/gemxl71505a.JPG] Quartz (variety: “Ametrine”) from Anahi (Anay), Santa Cruz, Bolivia [./gemxl715/gemxl71505b.JPG] Quartz (variety: “Ametrine”) from Anahi (Anay), Santa Cruz, Bolivia [./gemxl715/gemxl71505c.JPG] Quartz (variety: “Ametrine”) from Anahi (Anay), Santa Cruz, Bolivia [./gemxl715/gemxl71505d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71505 - $ 250.00

Quartz (variety: “Ametrine”)

Locality: Anahi (Anay), Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Specimen Size: 3.0 x 2.8 x 2.1 cm (thumbnail)


Ametrine is a unique, naturally occurring purple and yellow bi-color variety of Quartz that is formed by "Brazil Law Twinning" where two separate individually colored crystals are intergrown to form an alternating "radiation" pattern of purple and yellow triangles when viewed down the c axis. Gem cutters are able to orient the two colors to create the famous bicolor gemstones. Here we have a natural, nearly 100% gem quality, hydrothermally etched, bi-color purple and yellow crystal of Ametrine. Note the rarely seen “c” {0001} pinacoid face at the top of the crystal, which is virtually unheard of when it comes to Quartz! The piece is nearly a “floater” as I can’t find a true point of contact, even on the bottom, but it does have one tiny nick keeping it from being 100% perfect.

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Topaz (variety: “Imperial”) (Doubly-terminated) from Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71506a.JPG] Topaz (variety: “Imperial”) (Doubly-terminated) from Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71506b.JPG] Topaz (variety: “Imperial”) (Doubly-terminated) from Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71506c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71506 - SOLD

Topaz (variety: “Imperial”) (Doubly-terminated)

Locality: Ouro Preto, Iron Quadrangle, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 2.6 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm (thumbnail)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A really eye-catching Imperial Topaz crystal from the world famous locality at Ouro Preto. This piece was acquired by my father Richard A. Kosnar in the early 1970s – circa 1973-1974 – and remained in his collection for well over 30 years. It is a fantastic thumbnail specimen as it is actually doubly-terminated(!), a rarity in my experience with these crystals. They almost always are broken / cleaved either in the pocket or during the collecting process. This beautiful “floater” gem beauty has the classic pinkish-orange hue that is synonomous with Imperial Topaz, and internally, I would say it’s about 90-95% gem clarity. The smooth, lustrous faces along with the slender orthorhombic habit and the classic pyramidal terminations make it a fine example of this attractive and highly sought after material. There is a tiny bit of edge wear along one side of the piece, but I couldn't see it without a loupe.  Good Imperial Topaz crystals (and gems) are in demand among collectors, and are certainly going up in value every time I see them at shows. Don’t miss out on this one if you’ve ever wanted a good thumbnail of this classic material.



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Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (Twin) from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey [./gemxl715/gemxl71507a.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (Twin) from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey [./gemxl715/gemxl71507b.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (Twin) from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey [./gemxl715/gemxl71507c.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (Twin) from Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey [./gemxl715/gemxl71507d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71507 - SOLD

Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (Twin)

Locality: Limecrest Quarry, Sparta Township, Sussex County, New Jersey

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 mm (thumbnail)


ex.  Pat Gross


A small, but noteworthy little “Spinel-Law” twinned octahedral specimen of sharp, gemmy Ruby Spinel from the famous Limecrest Quarry in northwest New Jersey. This quarry was actually started over a century ago (1906) by Thomas Edison in order to provide lime for the Edison Portland Cement Company which actually in later years supplied concrete for the construction of the Yankee Stadium in 1922. It should be noted that some specimens from this locality are mistaken as coming from Franklin, New Jersey, and although the marble at Limecrest is quite similar to the famous Franklin marble, they are not the same locality. I just read that the locality was reopened in 2013 by Braen Stone, and the locality was actually renamed from the Limecrest Quarry to “Braen Stone of Sparta”, and they’re quarrying for bulk landscape / decorative rock along with construction material. This locality has produced a wide variety of Spinels in different colors and sizes. This little gem is has arguably the best red color that I’ve seen in a Limecrest Spinel, even with the smaller size. The piece came from the micro collection of noted collector, Pat Gross of West Orange New Jersey. Pat was actually my dad’s mentor and she did a lot to bolster his early interest in minerals. Pat collected all minerals and loved micros, and this little beauty actually still retains Pat’s original hand-writted label stating that it was collected in 1958. A cool piece of New Jersey history and really interesting specimen from this noteworthy locality.



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Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (“Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71508a.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (“Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71508b.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (“Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71508c.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (“Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71508d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71508 - $ 800.00

Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (“Floater”!)

Locality: Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)

Specimen Size: 9.0 x 8.0 x 8.0 mm (thumbnail)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


It has been next to impossible to obtain fine quality Spinel specimens from Burma these days it seems. To find gem quality crystals is extremely difficult these days. This single “floater” crystal is a classic Burmese "Ruby Spinel" with sharp, defined, lustrous, octahedral faces, and is about 90% WATER-CLEAR with a vibrant pinkish-red interior color. An outstanding quality textbook octahedron for the species. This piece was mined around 2000, and is one of the finest Spinels from the collection of my father, Richard A. Kosnar. The best of these specimens are simply the finest in the world for what they are. This is an example of a non-pegmatite gem mineral for which many collectors probably do not have a good specimen in their collections.

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Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (GEM “Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71509a.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (GEM “Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71509b.JPG] Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (GEM “Floater”!) from Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71509c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71509 - $ 750.00

Spinel (“Ruby Spinel”) (GEM “Floater”!)

Locality: Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)

Specimen Size: 7.0 x 6.0 x 4.0 mm (thumbnail)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


It has been next to impossible to obtain fine quality Spinel specimens from Burma these days it seems. To find gem quality crystals is extremely difficult these days. This single “floater” crystal is a classic Burmese "Ruby Spinel" with very sharp, defined, lustrous, octahedral faces, and is about 95% WATER-CLEAR with a vibrant pink-red interior color. A very good quality textbook octahedron for the species. This piece was mined around 2000, and is one of the finest Spinels from the collection of my father, Richard A. Kosnar. The best of these specimens are simply the finest in the world for what they are. This is an example of a non-pegmatite gem mineral for which many collectors probably do not have a good specimen in their collections..



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Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Bicolor Twin) from Okampitiya, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71510a.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Bicolor Twin) from Okampitiya, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71510b.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Bicolor Twin) from Okampitiya, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71510c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71510 - $ 800.00

Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Bicolor Twin)

Locality: Okampitiya, Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Specimen Size: 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.6 cm (thumbnail)


Good Sapphire crystals are hard to find, twins are even more rare, but to find true bicolor twins is off the charts. Now I say “true” bicolor twins, because I don’t really count a twinned crystal with varying degrees of blue as being multicolored necessarily. There’s no mistake with this piece as the color contrasting is about a defined as it gets for Sapphire. I’ve seen twinned Sapphires with blue and yellow hues in the same crystal, but I don’t know if I can remember seeing a twin like this with a rich inky blue and a vibrant baby pink together. The piece also shows a slightly different habit of twinning, as we most often see what is called a “fish tail” habit with a somewhat narrow / slender appearance, but this piece is more of a “butterfly” or “heart”-shaped twin. Along with the defined crystal faces, the piece is complete on the front and back, and has good internal gemminess when backlit. This one is unique folks, there are not many good crystallized examples of Sapphire on the market, but to find a bicolor twin such as this is just plain rare.

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Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Doubly-terminated “Floater”) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71511a.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Doubly-terminated “Floater”) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71511b.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Doubly-terminated “Floater”) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71511c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71511 - $ 300.00

Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Doubly-terminated “Floater”)

Locality: Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Specimen Size: 1.2 x 0.7 x 0.5 cm (thumbnail)


A rather GLASSY, fine quality Sapphire crystal from one of the most classic localities in the world for the Corundum variety. This gemmy, very sharp, notably lustrous, doubly-terminated, striated, "floater", hexagonal Sapphire crystal has a mostly blue interior, with slight yellow zones. It is pristine on all sides and absolutely water-clear in about 50% of the crystal. I have to stress how lustrous it is because the photos don’t show it as well as I would like. For the quality, this would make a nice addition to any thumbnail suite, or a small gem crystal collection. As I said, it was somewhat difficult to photograph and is gemmier than the photos might indicate..

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Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Twin) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71512a.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Twin) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71512b.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Twin) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71512c.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Twin) from Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka [./gemxl715/gemxl71512d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71512 - $ 900.00

Corundum (variety: “Sapphire”) (Twin)

Locality: Passara, Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Specimen Size: 2.3 x 1.0 x 0.5 cm (thumbnail)


Here we have a fine quality "fishtail"-twinned Sapphire crystal from one of the most classic localities in the world for the Corundum variety. This rather gemmy, very sharp, rather lustrous, striated, "floater", hexagonal Sapphire TWINNED crystal is a marvelous example of how fine the quality of these crystals can get. The colors range from a rich navy blue to a soft sky blue with stark “bands” of colorless and pale yellow throughout. The crystal is essentially pristine on all sides save the very bottom where a tiny contact can be seen, and is absolutely water-clear in about 55% of the specimen. For the quality, this would make a great addition to any thumbnail suite, or a small gem crystal collection.

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Corundum (variety: “Ruby”) from Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam [./gemxl715/gemxl71513a.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Ruby”) from Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam [./gemxl715/gemxl71513b.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Ruby”) from Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam [./gemxl715/gemxl71513c.JPG] Corundum (variety: “Ruby”) from Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam [./gemxl715/gemxl71513d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71513 - $ 100.00

Corundum (variety: “Ruby”)

Locality: Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam

Specimen Size: 1.3 x 0.6 x 0.4 cm (thumbnail)


A strange Ruby crystal from the famous gem tracts around Luc Yen. About a decade ago, this area produced some impressive Spinel, Sapphire and Ruby crystals. This specimen is a fairly decent, lustrous, sharp tapered hexagonal pinkish-red crystal with small outer “spines” that resemble a Gastropod (snail) shell. The crystal is actually well-formed, and complete all the way around. It is not at all brown like so many I've seen from this locality either, and you can see good color when strongly backlit. An oddball Ruby crystal to be sure, and an inexpensive oddity for any collector of unusual minerals or gem crystals.



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Tourmaline (Bicolor) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71514a.JPG] Tourmaline (Bicolor) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71514b.JPG] Tourmaline (Bicolor) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71514c.JPG] Tourmaline (Bicolor) from Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71514d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71514 - $ 800.00

Tourmaline (Bicolor)

Locality: Ofiki, Oyo State, Nigeria

Specimen Size: 2.2 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm (thumbnail)


A classic WATER-CLEAR, transparent bicolored Tourmaline crystal from this famous gem deposit (it’s mostly known for its alluvials) at Ofiki, which has produced some of the best cranberry colored Tourmalines that we can remember seeing. This gorgeous thumbnail specimen is not only 100% gem clarity, but it has a well-defined form with a slightly striated prism and smooth geometric modified pyramidal faces on the termination along with a small pinacoid. The majority of the crystal is the highly sought after cranberry hue that I mentioned, but it also has a yellow-green zone near the termination, indicative of some of the Ofiki crystals. Very good condition overall, and a very worthwhile gem crystal of this hard to find material from Nigeria.



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Scapolite from Morogoro, Uluguru Mts, Morogoro Region, Tanzania [./gemxl715/gemxl71515a.JPG] Scapolite from Morogoro, Uluguru Mts, Morogoro Region, Tanzania [./gemxl715/gemxl71515b.JPG] Scapolite from Morogoro, Uluguru Mts, Morogoro Region, Tanzania [./gemxl715/gemxl71515c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71515 - $ 300.00

Scapolite

Locality: Morogoro, Uluguru Mts, Morogoro Region, Tanzania

Specimen Size: 2.7 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm (thumbnail)


A robust and stout Scapolite (Marialite) crystal from this famous locality in Tanzania. This marble occurrence has given collectors some of the finest crystallized examples of Scapolite out there. Scapolite from Tanzania has a unique, beautiful golden color and excellent crystal form which is so absent in other golden-colored Scapolites from other localities. Often, they are slender, and to find a stalky crystal like this is uncommon in my experience. This lovely gem crystal is very gemmy, about 85% transparent, with good crystal form. It is lustrous on the front, but the back is contacted, and has a rich amber-yellow color that is consistent throughout the crystal.

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Beryl (variety: “Aquamarine”) from Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71516a.JPG] Beryl (variety: “Aquamarine”) from Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71516b.JPG] Beryl (variety: “Aquamarine”) from Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria [./gemxl715/gemxl71516c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71516 - $ 1400.00

Beryl (variety: “Aquamarine”)

Locality: Jos Plateau, Plateau State, Nigeria

Specimen Size: 5.0 x 0.8 x 0.6 cm (miniature)


ex.  Larry Conklin


This is such a richly colored Aquamarine crystal it really should be called "Blue Beryl" as Aquamarine is indicative of a softer blue hue. In addition to the color, the crystal is incredibly gemmy (over 95% gem quality) with great luster along the smooth prism faces. Additionally, there are some attractive first and second order pyramidal modifications to the termination, which gives it a desirable “bullet”-shape. The bottom of the crystal is recrystallized, so I suppose this piece could be classified as “floater” since it doesn’t have a point of contact. It’s a fine quality crystal, not only for Jos, not only for Aquamarine, but for Beryl in general. The piece comes with a label from noted mineral dealer, Larry Conklin.

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Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [./gemxl715/gemxl71517a.JPG] Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [./gemxl715/gemxl71517b.JPG] Topaz from Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia [./gemxl715/gemxl71517c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71517 - $ 900.00

Topaz

Locality: Klein Spitzkopje, Karibib, Erongo Region, Namibia

Specimen Size: 3.8 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm (miniature)


A very sharp and well-defined GEM QUALITY crystal of Topaz from the famous locality at Klein Spitzkopje in Namibia. The piece has textbook orthorhombic form with a very pale baby blue color and over 95% internal transparency. The tapered termination along with the highly lustrous prism faces makes the piece a highly desirable miniature gem crystal from this beloved locality. Good gem Topaz crystals from Klein Spitzkopje are not common on the market, and I know for a fact that this one came out around 40 years ago, as it was a gift from my father when I was a little boy, and he had it for several years before I was born.



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Topaz from Murzinka Mine, Sarapulka District, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71518a.JPG] Topaz from Murzinka Mine, Sarapulka District, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71518b.JPG] Topaz from Murzinka Mine, Sarapulka District, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71518c.JPG] Topaz from Murzinka Mine, Sarapulka District, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71518d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71518 - $ 950.00

Topaz

Locality: Murzinka Mine, Sarapulka District, Sverdlovskaya Oblast', Middle Urals, Urals Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 3.1 x 3.0 x 2.3 cm (thumbnail)


A classic example of the famous Murzinka Topazes from the Urals in Russia. This locality is one of the most historic granitic pegmatites in the world, producing some iconic “old world” specimens most notably of Beryl and Topaz. Good gem Topaz crystals from this locality are few and far between. This attractive large thumbnail / toenail specimen is a wonderful example from Murzinka showing classic textbook orthorhombic form along with very sharp, defined, lustrous, smooth crystal faces on all sides. I would say the color is a VERY pale blue, as when I put it against a white piece of paper, I could see only a faint blue tone, so it’s not completely colorless. The upper portion of the crystal (near the termination) is in very good condition with only superficial nicks. The base of the crystal is cleaved, the same as nearly every other single / off-matrix Topaz that I’ve seen from this locality. I have no idea when this crystal was mined. I actually bought it from a Russian mineral dealer in Munich in 2010, and he didn’t speak any English, and I don’t speak Russian, so I couldn’t find out if this was from an old historic find, or from a newer discovery. Regardless, it’s a really good example of Urals Topaz, and if you collect this material, or Russian minerals, or just gem crystals in general, you don’t see a lot of these on the market, so don’t miss out on this gorgeous full-bodied crystal.



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Tourmaline (Multicolor) with Stilbite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71519a.JPG] Tourmaline (Multicolor) with Stilbite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71519b.JPG] Tourmaline (Multicolor) with Stilbite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71519c.JPG] Tourmaline (Multicolor) with Stilbite from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71519d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71519 - $ 3000.00

Tourmaline (Multicolor) with Stilbite

Locality: Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California

Specimen Size: 5.2 x 3.3 x 3.1 cm (small cabinet)


A classic example of the famous Himalaya Tourmalines mined in the 1970s by Pala International. This piece is a robust, sharp, doubly-terminated, lustrous, gemmy, multicolor prism with a partial “cap” on one end of white bladed Stilbite! Yes, that’s right, a Zeolite species in this famous granitic pegmatite locality. Only a small percentage of Himalaya Tourmalines are associated with Stilbite, and they are admired by collectors for the unusual association. The Tourmaline crystal itself is still the star here, and it shows a wide range of colors starting with a very thin yellowish-green zone on the basal terminated, which grades into the classic Himalaya bubblegum pink and gives way to a thin “straw” colored area, and then a more notable forest green hue with a somewhat silvery color near the base of the crystal. The piece is amazingly pristine with no notable nicks that I can find anywhere. The prism has good luster as well, which is important with these crystals. The piece is completely UN-repaired, which is noteworthy for most Tourmaline crystals from the Himalaya. A beautiful, classic, multi-color example with an interesting Stilbite association from this historic U.S. locality.



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Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “Floater”) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71520a.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “Floater”) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71520b.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “Floater”) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71520c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71520 - $ 2200.00

Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “Floater”)

Locality: Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California

Specimen Size: 5.6 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Brett Kosnar


A rarely seen example of the classic “black head” Tourmalines from the famous Himalaya Mine in San Diego County. The piece is from the collection of my brother, Brett Kosnar, who received it as a gift from my father in 1985. As a matter of fact, a small piece of paper with my father’s collection number (RK42) can be seen glued near one of the terminations. This piece may have been mined in the 1960s or 1970s, but I honestly haven’t seen many of them, and I don’t know specifically when they were found. This piece is a gorgeous multi-color doubly-terminated “floater” crystal with fairly good luster along the striated prism faces and both terminations. The basal termination has a fine chrome green hue, which gives way into a thin pale blue-green zone, and then another thin zone with a very pale pink hue. After that, the majority of the crystal shows a “straw” yellow color which grades into a softer green hue, then a stark black zone on the pyramidal termination on the other end. These “black head” crystals are not common from the Himalaya Mine, and they somewhat remind of the classic “Moor’s head” Tourmalines from the island of Elba. A rare and UN-repaired Tourmaline example from this beloved locality in California.

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Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “pencil”) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71521a.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “pencil”) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71521b.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “pencil”) from Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71521c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71521 - $ 1400.00

Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated “pencil”)

Locality: Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California

Specimen Size: 4.6 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm (miniature)


ex.  Brett Kosnar


A rarely seen example of the classic “gem pencil” Tourmalines from the famous Himalaya Mine in San Diego County. The piece is from the collection of my brother, Brett Kosnar, who received it as a gift from my father in 1985. A beautiful, gemmy and lustrous pencil Tourmaline from the famous Himalaya Mine of California. The majority of the crystal is the classic Himalaya bubble gum pink, but small areas of green can be seen on each end. Even without backlighting, you can tell this is gemmy throughout. The Tourmaline is not repaired, and both terminations are in good condition, though one of them has a small area with an interrupted growth, but it is not damaged. As you can see from the photos there is a very thin sliver along the prism where the crystal was probably intergrown with another crystal, and they separated. It’s not damage, or a contact from mining, but what I would consider to be a “wrinkle” where it was obviously connected to something, even briefly, during its growth in the pocket. These specimens are beloved by collectors, and good ones are not easy to find on the market. A wonderful example of these classic specimens from California.

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Spodumene (variety: “Kunzite”) from Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71522a.JPG] Spodumene (variety: “Kunzite”) from Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71522b.JPG] Spodumene (variety: “Kunzite”) from Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71522c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71522 - $ 400.00

Spodumene (variety: “Kunzite”)

Locality: Oceanview Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala, Pala District, San Diego County, California

Specimen Size: 8.0 x 4.2 x 0.8 cm (small cabinet)


A cool “flag” or “sail” shaped hydrothermally etched soft purplish lilac colored GEM quality crystal of Kunzite from the contemporary classic locality at the Oceanview Mine in San Diego County. The piece is completely free of matrix with a glassy exterior and excellent internal gemminess.



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Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Stewart Lithia Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala District, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71523a.JPG] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Stewart Lithia Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala District, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71523b.JPG] Tourmaline with Lepidolite from Stewart Lithia Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala District, San Diego County, California [./gemxl715/gemxl71523c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71523 - $ 1000.00

Tourmaline with Lepidolite

Locality: Stewart Lithia Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala Mtn; Queen Mtn), Pala District, San Diego County, California

Specimen Size: 2.0 x 1.2 x 1.1 cm (thumbnail)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A TOP NOTCH thumbnail from the famous gem crystal district of San Diego County. This piece was part of my father’s gem crystal collection and eventually found its way into his worldwide thumbnail suite. He actually acquired by the specimen by way of Mike Mulberger, who gave him the piece as a gift. For what it is, I can’t say I’ve seen a better gem crystal in this size from the locality. A 100% GEM TRANSPARENT example of vibrant pink Rubellite Tourmaline is decorated 360 degrees at the base with a ring of soft lilac groups of Lepidolite. The crystal is perfect as far as I can tell with the naked eye, and the color along with the brilliant luster, perfect “3-triangle” pyramidal termination and absolute water clear transparency make it a superb thumbnail for any collector. Tourmalines are difficult to find in fine quality thumbnails, and pieces like this are few and far between. This piece is around 40 years old, as of the time I’m writing this. A really fine example of Tourmaline and Lepidolite in this hard to find competition size. As a side note, I want to point out that Lepidolite is no longer a valid mineral species, and according to the scattered information we found, Lepidolite is defined on mindat.org as a mineral in the so-called Polylithionite-Trilithionite series. Webmineral.com still reports that it's a valid species, and the IMA list online ( http://pubsites.uws.edu.au/ima-cnmnc/IMA2009-01%20UPDATE%20160309.pdf ) says that Lepidolite is a group name.



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Beryl (variety: “Emerald”) from near Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina [./gemxl715/gemxl71524a.JPG] Beryl (variety: “Emerald”) from near Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina [./gemxl715/gemxl71524b.JPG] Beryl (variety: “Emerald”) from near Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina [./gemxl715/gemxl71524c.JPG] Beryl (variety: “Emerald”) from near Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina [./gemxl715/gemxl71524d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71524 - $ 2200.00

Beryl (variety: “Emerald”)

Locality: near Hiddenite, Alexander County, North Carolina

Specimen Size: 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm (thumbnail)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


This beautiful thumbnail specimen was self-collected by my father on September 12, 1971, right before Hurricane Ginger struck the coast of North Carolina. He was there visiting friends and doing a bit of rockhounding, and was fortunate enough to find what is one of the best thumbnails of North Carolina Emerald that I’ve seen. It’s a great quality, sharp, classic, lustrous, gemmy, LIVELY green color hexagonal crystal group. The most noteworthy aspect of the piece to me is the small stepped facets along the terminations, along with that classic North Carolina color that indicative of the best Emeralds from the area. The color is actually amplified due to a zoning where the outer edge of the specimen has a stronger green hue than the inner portion. The piece is more lustrous and gemmier than the photos indicate. Like all Emeralds, the color is never correctly represented in photos, but in person it GLOWS, even for a smaller specimen. These beauties are seldom seen on the market, and a piece like this should be appreciated for what it is, a fine quality example of this beloved U.S. gem material.



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Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated) from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71525a.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated) from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71525b.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated) from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71525c.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated) from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71525d.JPG] Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated) from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71525e.JPG]


No. GEMXL71525 - $ 1200.00

Tourmaline (Doubly-terminated)

Locality: Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 5.3 x 2.0 x 1.7 cm (small cabinet)


A really cool and “different” Tourmaline example from this recent mining at this famous Russian Tourmaline locality. The piece is an undamaged, good quality, sharp, lustrous to semi-lustrous, gemmy to translucent doubly-terminated specimen with unique coloration. The center of the crystal has a really unusual / rarely seen golden amber hue, which one rarely associates with Tourmaline. The outer edges and both terminations have a soft purplish-pink hue. The steep pyramidal termination has a small “gap” where a second generation of crystallization took place to create a thin crystallized “seam”. The basal termination has a very slight “cat’s eye” effect when rotated in the light. You don’t see many Tourmalines from this area that are doubly-terminated, and the bizarre color combination and far off locality makes it all the more interesting.



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Tourmaline (Indicolite) from Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan [./gemxl715/gemxl71526a.JPG] Tourmaline (Indicolite) from Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan [./gemxl715/gemxl71526b.JPG]


No. GEMXL71526 - $ 250.00

Tourmaline (Indicolite)

Locality: Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan

Specimen Size: 5.0 x 4.3 x 3.8 cm (miniature)


A nice stout reference crystal of Tourmaline from Afghanistan featuring a very thin colorless “Achroite” zone at the top of the basal termination which grades into an electric blue “Indicolite” color below, and then pure black Schorl throughout the rest of the crystal. Medium luster with a matte termination. The bottom of the crystal is obviously not complete, but with good backlighting, you can see the intense color near the termination. A nice "fist"-sized specimen that won’t break the bank.



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Tourmaline with Quartz and Feldspar from Le-U-le-taw, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71527a.JPG] Tourmaline with Quartz and Feldspar from Le-U-le-taw, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71527b.JPG] Tourmaline with Quartz and Feldspar from Le-U-le-taw, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar) [./gemxl715/gemxl71527c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71527 - SOLD

Tourmaline with Quartz and Feldspar

Locality: Le-U-le-taw, Mogok, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)

Specimen Size: 4.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 1.3 cm


There are a lot of different species / varieties, habits and colors of Tourmaline found in a relatively small area around Mogok in Burma, but one thing that most of them have in common is that they are rarely found on matrix. When I first saw this piece, I thought it might be from the island of Elba, then I notably surprised to find out it was Burmese! A pair of HIGHLY lustrous, multicolor crystals measuring up to 1.3 cm are flaring aesthetically out of a matrix of well-crystallized gemmy Quartz crystals with a slight smoky color along with pale beige Microcline crystals. The Tourmalines are pristine, with super wet luster and really eye-catching pink and green coloration. You don’t see many fine quality Burmese Tourmaline crystals, let alone matrix display specimens like this! Enjoy.



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Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71528a.JPG] Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71528b.JPG] Axinite-(Fe) from Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71528c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71528 - $ 1500.00

Axinite-(Fe)

Locality: Puiva Mount, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumenskaya Oblast', Prepolar Ural, Western-Siberian Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 4.3 x 3.8 x 2.2 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 3.7 cm.


ex.  Brett Kosnar


A beautiful, sharp and gemmy Axinite-(Fe) (formerly Ferroaxininte) group on matrix from Puiva. These specimens found their way to the market in the 1990s, and then stopped altogether. The best pieces are few and far between these days. This piece is from the collection of my brother, Brett, and is a beautiful miniature display specimen of this contemporary classic material. The piece is complete all the way around as you can see from the photos, and the crystals are and not “chewed up” around the edges (like the small teeth on a saw blade), like so many of them were from Puiva. The crystals are actually incredibly smooth and sharp on all sides. I don’t need to tell you that this is a hard to find specimen from an important locality. The lovely internal clove purple to cinnamon brown hue of the Axininte crystals combined with the amazingly eye-catching three-dimensionality of the piece is hard to illustrate in the photos, and the piece looks best in person. Take my word for it, it’s a really good specimen, especially considering there are only a few places in the world where fine examples of this species can be found.

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Tourmaline on Albite from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71529a.JPG] Tourmaline on Albite from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71529b.JPG] Tourmaline on Albite from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71529c.JPG] Tourmaline on Albite from Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia [./gemxl715/gemxl71529d.JPG]


No. GEMXL71529 - $ 800.00

Tourmaline on Albite

Locality: Malkhan, Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

Specimen Size: 6.1 x 4.1 x 3.3 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 2.1 cm


A rarely seen MATRIX specimen of Malkhan Tourmaline. Most of the Tourmalines we’ve seen from this classic Russian locale are either loose singles or groups off matrix. This piece is a relevant matrix display specimen in my mind for two reasons. Number one is the fact that the main crystal group – which measures 2.1 cm – has a really interesting coloration with a translucent pink zone at the top and then grades into a golden hue, which is rare for Tourmaline. Secondly, is that the crystals are sitting up on the matrix, they’re not buried or lying on their side. I have seen plenty of these specimens over the years, and to find presentable crytals on matrix is difficult. If you collect worldwide Tourmalines, you have to have a piece from Malkhan in your collection, and the chance to purchase a matrix piece is even more significant than a single crystal.



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Spodumene (variety: Kunzite) from Urucum mine, Galileia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71530a.JPG] Spodumene (variety: Kunzite) from Urucum mine, Galileia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71530b.JPG] Spodumene (variety: Kunzite) from Urucum mine, Galileia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil [./gemxl715/gemxl71530c.JPG]


No. GEMXL71530 - SOLD

Spodumene (variety: Kunzite)

Locality: Urucum mine, Galileia, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Specimen Size: 6.0 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm (small cabinet)


ex.  Richard A. Kosnar


A really cool piece of GEM Kunzite from the famous Urucum Mine in Brazil. This piece came from my father’s collection, and he personally brought this piece back from Brazil in the 1970s – circa 1973-1974. His catalogue number (320) is glued on a small piece of tape near the base of the crystal. It has a RICH pinkish-purple color, with optimum GEM CLARITY, and I would say it’s nearly 100% WATER CLEAR. The piece is actually doubly-terminated, though crudely and it flows in and out of smooth crystal faces and really graceful hydrothermal etching. It weighs 59 grams, and I’m sure that my dad bought this piece based upon its gram weight, as it was almost certainly sold to him as a piece of gem rough and not a mineral specimen. I’m surprised that it survived the Brazilian cutting factories back in the day as pieces like this were immediately destroyed and cut into gemstones. Based upon the gem value alone, this piece is very affordably priced, as we figure it would yield about $3000 in faceted stones. Don’t miss out on this old-time Brazilian gem beauty!



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