Chinese Tourmaline Specimens

 

   

                    Tourmaline, Muscovite, Albite                                               Tourmaline                                     Tourmaline and Feldspar

 

Only recently have tourmalines of any quality begun to trickle out of China.  Rarely do they have any color and even rarer are mineral associations with other desirable minerals like members of the beryl family.  Scoop these up if you get the opportunity because they are anything but common.

 

 

 

Custom engraved acrylic base.

OKF-416 Top

OKE-416        Tourmaline    Yunnan, Wenshan Prov., China.  I was thrilled to acquire this unusual specimen!  Great tourmalines from China are as yet rather rare.  Especially ones of this high a quality.  This fine green specimen measures 6.1 cm long and is fully terminated on all areas of both ends.  The crystals are hoppered and translucent to transparent depending on what area of the crystals you are observing.  The color is a vibrant green.  Numerous tiny rider crystals are sprinkled on the back of the piece but it is dominated by two primary crystals.  I have this priced way too low by all comparable standards but I got a good deal on it so have at it.  Oh, did I mention that there is no damage what so ever and the specimen actually stands on end for display!  Comes with a custom engraved acrylic base.  Wow.  450$

 

 

 

 

OKE-127

Top of crystal

Custom engraved acrylic base.

OKE-127    Elbaite, Quartz, Feldspar and Mica    Yunnan, Wenshan Prov., China.  This is a special and rather unique piece.  I only found the single specimen at the 2007 Tucson Show and what a winner it is!  Measuring 8.5 x 6.5 x 5.5 it is a substantial specimen with a large, almost black, tourmaline wrapped in feldspar, quartz crystals and interesting mica plates.  There are lots of tiny thinner tourmalines (to 1.5 cm) which show a nice green color.  The big primary crystal is 8 cm long and 2.2 cm thick.  There is a thin ding which does not distract from the specimenís appearance and certainly does no take away from the importance of this piece.  The quartz crystals are clear and well formed.  The feldspars are bright white and the mica forms thick flat books which are composed of aggregates of tiny, translucent, silver white crystals.  What a nice specimen this one is even though I have it poorly positioned in these photos!  800$

 

 

 

 

OKE-184

Termination

OKE-184    Tourmaline and Feldspar    Yunnan, Wenshan Prov., China.   This single crystal is beautifully formed and single terminated.  High luster and highly striated.  The surface (approx 1/3rd ) is highly fluorescent which likely indicates some alteration.  Mirror like terminations and prism.  Nice!  95$

 

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