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Rubellite Tourmaline Carvings

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Photo: Orasa Weldon, Gift of John Staver

GIA Collection 25058

These frisky rubellite tourmaline bears were created by master gem carver Gerhard Becker, of Idar-Oberstein, Germany, as part of a series of miniature carvings of birds, mammals and fish native to North America. The bears, which are climbing on a piece of frosted rock crystal, were carved from a superb pocket of tourmaline uncovered at the Dunton Quarry, Newry Hill in the state of Maine in 1972.