Elbaite, Quartz v. Smoky

Elbaite, Quartz v. Smoky

Price available upon request. $999,999.00
SKU:39430
Locality: Paprok, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
Dimensions: 15.0 x 15.5 x 14.0 cm

This world-class tourmaline specimen hails from what is regarded as the preeminent pocket ever found in the famous Paprok District of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. The very large, dramatically color-zoned tourmaline crystals this pocket produced are exceptional even for a district that has produced a disproportionate number of the world's finest tourmaline specimens in recent years. This specimen features three very large, lustrous, gemmy, beautifully-zoned pink tourmaline crystals which gradually transition to a pale peach-pink color towards the termination and then are capped by a dramatic neon-green zone. This specimen graced the cover of Vol. 48, No. 5 (September - October 2017) of the Mineralogical Record, the special issue on Afghan pegmatites, and it I think the quality speaks for itself as to why it was chosen for the cover of this special issue. The intensity of color zoning and stout, "beer can size" tourmaline crystals from this pocket (to over 10 cm tall in this piece!) are reminiscent of specimens from the famous 1972 'Blue Cap' pocket at the Tourmaline Queen mine in California, which are now regarded as some of the most valuable and desirable objects in the entire mineral world. Similar to that find, the pocket that produced this specimen was a exceptional one-time find, and I predict that over time, fine specimens from this pocket will be valued in a similar way to the famous "Blue Cap" tourmalines. From what I know the pocket produced less than a dozen major specimens, and this is one of the best. It was one of Keith's favorite specimens in the Proctor Family Trust Collection, and it is easy to see why. A premier-quality piece worthy of any collection. Jeff Scovil photo. Ex. Proctor Family Trust Collection.
Restored: 1x

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