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Tourmaline Find Generates Excitement A recent find of tourmaline in Nigeria is the talk of the gem world. The stones, ranging from light pinks to deep purples, were discovered on farmland about 25 miles west of the border with Benin. Measuring less than a square kilometer in a small river basin, the deposit was mined so quickly it’s already depleted, according to Bill Larson, owner of Pala International in Fallbrook, Calif. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime pocket,” says Bill Barker of Barker & Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz. “The color and clarity is incredible. We have some strawberry colors that are just beautiful.” Michael Gray, master gem cutter, owner of Graystone Enterprises in Missoula, Mont., and partner in Coast to Coast Rare Stones, says the find produced large quantities – some 600 kilograms. “Germany was full of the material,” he reported in November after retu
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