Connoisseur's Corner               

In this regular feature, we will display an elite specimen and discuss its merits as a masterpiece. We firmly believe that a masterpiece can cost $100 or $1,000,000 and transcends categories such as size.

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Tourmaline Lepidolite Quartz Pederneira Brazil

Tourmaline with Quartz and Lepidolite
Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
13.0 x 4.8 cm

- Irv Brown Collection

A masterpiece from Pederneira. A jewel-like smoky yellow quartz crystal and purple lepidolite accent a multi-color tourmaline with zones of cranberry merging into green then blue. The lepidolite and quartz are balanced nicely on each side of the tourmaline in pleasing array. It would be hard to imagine how the piece could be improved. ¡Que Magnifico!

–Key Attributes: Aesthetics, Color, Crystal Size

Thomas Spann photo


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