TOURMALINE

07612

Locality

Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Dimensions (H x W x D)

10 x 4.4 x 3.3 cm

Weight

257 g

Description & Provenance

Though it produces some of the finest tourmaline in the world, Paprok is a difficult location to mine. The weather conditions are so extreme that the area is only accessible three to four months out of the year. Miners scale the mountains using ropes and carrying their tools on their backs up the steep inclines. They scale great heights in hopes of being rewarded with beautiful minerals such as quartz, fluorite, and tourmaline, like this attractive, multicolored example. It consists of two intergrown crystals, a larger, primary crystal and a “sidecar” crystal that’s perched (almost whimsically) at its top, left-hand side. At its base, the larger crystal displays a peach tone, thanks to a pink core and pastel-yellow outer layer. It then transitions into a light, then dark green color zone, the latter of which is visible in both crystals. Like a child might resemble its parent, both then progress into a thin, colorless band, and are then capped by a gorgeous fuchsia. Translucent, sharply terminated, lustrous, and colorful, it’s no wonder men go to such extraordinary lengths for a chance at recovering these natural treasures.

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