Tourmaline is considered by many collectors to be the most beautiful mineral. Its multicolor crystals in highly aesthetic formation lend it an enigmatic beauty few minerals can compete against. There are always fine Tourmalines on display at the Tucson show, and this year was no exception. In fact, I noticed quite an abundance of interesting Tourmalines, and was especially enamored by Gerhard Wagner's Tourmaline exhibit of trophy Tourmaline specimens, which was pictured in a previous post here on our news blog. The post below displays some of the individual Tourmaline crystals at the show.
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Bluecap Tourmaline from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, CaliforniaUnknown Collection
Green Tourmaline Crystal and Gem from the Mt. Marie Quarry, Paris, MaineMaine Gem & Mineral Museum
Well-Terminated Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, BrazilGerhard Wagner Collection
Orange-red Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, CaliforniaGerhard Wagner Collection
Aesthetic Tourmaline "Flower" from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, BraziGerhard Wagner Collection