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Tourmaline Carvings

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Trio of carved green tourmaline dolphins on frosted quartz base. Carved by Gerhard Becker. Gift of John Staver, GIA Collection. Photo by Orasa Weldon.

In 1972, an immense pocket of superb tourmaline was uncovered in Maine, Dunton Quarry Mine, Newry Hill, USA. These high-quality crystals ranged in color from beautiful greens and rich pinks to piercing blues. From this material, master gem carver Gerhard Becker of Idar-Oberstein, Germany, created a series of miniature carvings of birds, mammals, and fish native to North America. This series of pieces is a gift of John Staver.


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