Gem News International Gems & Gemology, Spring 2015, Vol. 51, No. 1

Unusual Carved Tourmaline Suite

Snow White suite
This unique 303 carat “Snow White” tourmaline suite was reportedly carved in Idar-Oberstein in the 1970s. Photo by Duncan Pay/GIA; courtesy Jan Goodman Co.
Jan Goodman (Beverly Hills, California), had an exquisite 303 carat suite of carved, particolored tourmaline depicting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In most depictions of the dwarfs in a line, the lead figure is “Doc” carrying a lantern. In this series, in a nod to the jewelry industry, the lead dwarf is depicted carrying a beaded necklace. Goodman recalls that the set was carved in Idar-Oberstein in the 1970s and came to him mounted in the presentation case. The suite had been in his personal collection for more than 30 years. Goodman told us “demand and price are finally in such a place as to justify parting” with it.

Donna Beaton is colored stones technical advisor for content strategy at GIA.