Elbaite, Lepidolite

Elbaite, Lepidolite

Price available upon request. $999,999.00
SKU:10718
Locality: Santa Rosa mine, Itambacuri, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dimensions: 15.0 x 7.5 x 8.5 cm

The Santa Rosa Mine, located in Brazil's famous Minas Gerais pegmatite region, is one of the oldest and most famous producers of gem-quality tourmaline crystals in Brazil. Production started in the early 1960's, when surface finds of gemmy multi-colored tourmaline crystals caused thousands of local artisinal "garimpeiro" miners to descend on the location of the discovery. Within ten years, the original Santa Rosa deposit was largely mined-out and abandoned, but the legacy of the mine would lie in the numerous world-class examples of beautiful large multi-color elbaite tourmaline crystals discovered, which grace the collections of leading museums and private collectors around the world. This is an outstanding large tourmaline specimen for the Santa Rosa Mine, likely from this early mining period, and features a 15 x 7 cm group of deep blue-green crystals rising from a matrix of light violet lepidolite mica crystals. The color, composition, and character of this piece is unmistakably Santa Rosa, and very similar pieces can be seen as high points in many noted museum collections. The color is not quite indicolite (the blue variety of tourmaline) and not quite verdelite (the green hue), but a gorgeous saturated sea-green that is different from most Brazilian tourmaline from contemporary finds. The lepidolite crystals are well-formed and complex, and provide wonderful aesthetic contrast to the large divergent spray of tourmaline crystals. This exceptional specimen has not been repaired or restored in any way, and is in fine condition, especially considering when it was likely collected. A superb Brazilian classic, formerly in the noted tourmaline collection of Gerhard Wagner of Germany. Riley Owen photo.

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