Uvite on quartz, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
description: 4" tall. Ex collections of Peter Via and Joseph Freilich. I acquired it from Stuart Wilensky during a visit to New York in 2002. Illustrated in "The Magnificent Mineral Collection of Joseph A Freilich" Sotheby's auction catalogue for the auction of the Freilich mineral collection in New York City in early 2001. Sotheby's presented this piece in the catalogue as if it was cheap, poor quality junk. In the Sotheby's photo, the piece was not vertically mounted as long specimens should be for best display. In the Sotheby's photo, the uvite crystals also appeared to be brown instead of green (as illustrated therein). In the Sotheby's photo, a closeup shot of the specimen needed to accurately represent the true quality of this piece was not taken. Instead, the photographer who probably did not understand mineral specimens forgot or neglected to "zoom in." The piece was also illustrated as part of a group of pieces. Had the group photo been a nice "mineral specimen still life shot" similar to those the van Pelts of Las Angeles are famous for, a group shot would have been acceptable. Sotheby's did not do this. But if it had not been for these major errors in presentation and illustration of this specimen by Sotheby's, I may not own it today. Uvite is a rare tourmaline species and the finest examples of it are from Bahia, Brazil. This specimen consist of a druse of lustrous, gemmy, forest green uvite crystals over a gemmy, colorless quartz crystal. Although the crystals are relatively small (I have seen them up to 1" diameter), in terms of general impact, size and esthetics, I would rate this as one of the finest specimens of green uvite in existence. If there is a better one out there, I would love to acquire it for my collection. :)
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