Uvite (tourmaline) on quartz
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Brumado Mine, Bahia, Brazil</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />4" tall</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Ex collections of Peter Via and Joseph Freilich</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />This piece appears 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. In the Sotheby's photo, a closeup shot needed to accurately represent the true quality of this piece was not taken. The piece was also illustrated as part of a group of pieces. But if it had not been for these major errors in presentation, I may not own it today.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><br />Uvite is a rare tourmaline species and the finest examples of it are from Brumado. 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, in terms of general impact, size and esthetics, I would rate this as one of the finest specimens of green uvite in existence. <br />  <br />This piece was bought from Stuart Wilensky during a visit to his home in upstate New York in mid 2002. <br />  <br />Photo by Jeff Scovil  <br /> </p>
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