|Cranberry Rubellite (Elbaite) Tourmaline with lepidolite, from the legendary 1978 pocket,|
Jonas Mine, Conselheiro Pena, Doce Valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil;
4.8 cm long, Christopher Wentzell Gem Trust collection.
For interested parties, it is for sale.
Here is a rare piece that I have out of my private Gem Trust Collection, from the Jonas Mine. It measures 4.8 cm overall; the deep red/cranberry colored tourmaline is 3.5 cm long nestled between light silvery-purple lepidolite clusters at both ends and also has an aesthetic lepidolite crystal cluster attached to one side of the tourmaline crystal part of the way up. For those in the mineral collecting world, this is one of the "holy grails" to add to your collection-- they hardly ever come up for public sale and are normally traded between private collectors. This one is a complete floater all around- no damage. Most affordable matrix specimens from this find have the tourmaline embedded in lepidolite and only viewable from one side, but this one you can see the tourmaline all the way around. Interested parties can contact me about the specimen, and it is for sale on the new Dominion Exploration website.
To learn more about Jonas Mine Tourmaline and the historic find which produced this specimen, consider viewing the following links:
You can view other specimens of Rubellite from the Jonas Mine at Mindat by CLICKING HERE.