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09/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2020 13:26

Spectacular 100+-Carat Tourmaline Gemstone May Bring $1 Million at Heritage Auctions

Press Release - September 21, 2020

The Jena Blue Collection highlights more than 200 fine gemstones and fine minerals

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DALLAS, Texas (September 21, 2020) - An exceptionally rare and flawless 100.59-carat unheated 'Paraíba-Type' Tourmaline gemstone may make history when it goes under the hammer at Heritage Auctions Oct. 5. Referred to as the 'Flawless Jena Blue,' the incomparable oval-shaped Tourmaline is estimated to sell for $1 million.

Cut from a 262-carat rough crystal, the gemstone carries the namesake of the entire auction, dubbed 'The Jena Blue Collection.' The sale represents one collector's focused life's dream, said Craig Kissick, Director of Nature & Science at Heritage Auctions.

'An expert mineralogist had the novel idea to assemble not only the rarest of gems, but also to do it in a way which had seemingly not ever been pursued in the gemstone-collecting world,' Kissick said 'His goal was to acquire the finest 'rough' specimens directly from mine owners. He befriended many of these mine owners and traveled the globe to secure top material.'

Jena Blue itself is a 'Paraíba-Type' Tourmaline discovered in Mozambique, which is believed to be the largest 'unheated' gem of its type of its kind.

The Jena Blue Collection offers some of the rarest, largest and finest gemstones likely to be seen in any private collection, and this initial auction features a selected number of these superior and highly collectible gemstones in multiple varieties. The majority of gems are native-cut for weight retention and to maximize yield. Most of the stones in this collection were cut for ideal proportions and to maximize brilliance, beauty and color.

Critical factors defining the Jena Blue Collection are the fact that virtually all of the gemstones were cut by masters and that all of the examples in the collection were not treated in any form - no heating, no irradiation, no fillers. These features are clearly a rarity in most gemstones. All of the gemstones were cut by masters including: Phil Youngman, John Dyer, Rodger Dery, Larry Woods, Bernd Munsteiner and Stacy Whetstone.

In addition to the exceptional gemstones in this special offering, outstanding fine minerals out of the same collection are sure to attract the eye of any serious collector, such as a Beryl var. Aquamarine on Quartz 'V', which is estimated to bring $150,000.

Moreover, a select grouping of opalized fossils including a rare Bee in Opal (an extremely rare example of a fossilized insect in opal), is estimated to sell for $80,000, and examples of petrified limb casts, in which opal has been the agent of fossilization, may bring between $50,000 and $80,000.

Additional highlights include:

· What is believed to be the largest cut and faceted Phosphophyllite gemstone in existence, weighing an impressive 17.5 Carats (est. $70,000)

· Crystallized Gold on Quartz (est. $30,000)

· A 61.58 carat, blazing red Fire Opal discovered in Mexico (est. $30,000), and

· An Amethyst gemstone weighing an tipping the scales at 210.5 carats (est. $10,000)

Heritage Auctions Nature & Science is pleased to offer selections from the Jena Blue Collection of Gems and Minerals for its autumn Natural History Auction #5434 taking place Oct. 5 on HA.com.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet's most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

Eric Bradley, Director, Public Relations
214-409-1871; [email protected]