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T-335  Elbaite on Cleavelandite  $135

Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

5.5 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm

The Pederneira Mine of Brazil has produced an incredible variety of Tourmalines during its long productive history. This very aesthetic piece highlights the forces of nature in a pegmatite. The 4.4 cm, lustrous, highly striated, blue-green Tourmaline crystal was shorn in half by pocket forces, but remains attached to the pearlescent, bladed Cleavelandite crystals. Close examination of the sheared zone reveals that both halves of tourmaline healed and began renewed growth. The lower section has a raspberry-red, inner core. The pyramidal termination is lightly etched.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Aletai Prefecture, Yili Hasake Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, ChinaElbaite Tourmaline, Aletai Prefecture, Yili Hasake Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China
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T-333  Elbaite Tourmaline with Lepidolite  $40

Aletai Prefecture, Yili Hasake Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China

1.7 x .6 x .6 cm

Here we have a Tourmaline from a an area of China that is better known for the Aquamarine that is found there, Most of which goes straight to the gem cutters to make jewelry. This specimen is from a find made in 2006. This very clear Tourmaline has a light-pink color that grades to a medium-green with a small area of the termination being greenish-black. I've seen very few examples of this material over the years. More than 10,000 pegmatite veins are known in the Altay range. Many of them are worked for gemstones and rare metals.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Urubu Mine, Monte Belo, Itinga, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline, Urubu Mine, Monte Belo, Itinga, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline, Urubu Mine, Monte Belo, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-334  Elbaite Tourmaline & Lepidolite  $95

Urubu Mine, Monte Belo, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

4.5 x 2.9 x 1.7 cm

Tourmaline is not a mineral that most people associate with pseudomorphing/replacement, but the Tourmalines from the Urubu Mine are some of the most distinctive and interesting examples out there. This piece is actually a really interesting replacement specimen as it started out as a solid crystal of green Tourmaline which has been replaced by white translucent Quartz. The interesting aspect is that the replacement took place from the center of the crystal. The Tourmaline crystal is partially enveloped by a group of Lepidolite crystals. This crystal is not your run of the mill Urubu Mine Tourmaline specimen that there seem to be so many of, most of them opaque and unterminated.


Liddicoatite Tourmaline, Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Antsirabe II District, Antananarivo Province, MadagascarLiddicoatite Tourmaline, Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Antsirabe II District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
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T-313  Liddicoatite Tourmaline (double-terminated)  $65

Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Antsirabe II District, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

2.6 x 1.3 x 1 cm

A very colorful double-terminated crystal of the variety of Tourmaline, Liddicoatite. This crystal has a good lustre and portions of it are translucent to clear.  The color-zoning on this specimen not only changes down its length but also from its center outwards.



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T-332  Elbaite Tourmaline  $50

Astor Valley, Astore District, Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

2.5 x 1.1 x .9 cm

This well crystallized Elbaite Tourmaline has an unusual blue-colored, complex pyramidal termination on green-yellow body. The rear of this specimen features many small, acicular crystals of the colorless variety of Elbaite known as Achroite. This crystal is complete all around and is clearer than the photos suggest. These are older specimens found in the early 1990's. Examples of this material are all but nonexistent these days.


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T-323  Elbaite Tourmaline (rare locality)  $275
Ex E. Rynerson collection

San Diego Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA

4.3 x 1.4 x 1.8 cm

A moderately-clear crystal of reddish-pink Elbaite from one of San Diego's lesser-known localities. This rare Tourmaline specimen has a notch in it due to another Tourmaline interfering with its formation. The crystal is also double-terminated and nearly pristine save for a couple of micro-chips on the bottom termination. Well-documented specimens of this material are near impossible to obtain. The San Diego Mine is located just to the south of the more prominent Himalaya Mine and was opened in 1899 and acquired around 1915 by Fred Rynerson and worked for several decades. His son Eugene resumed work on the mine in the early 1960's and continued until the mid 1980's. This specimen is from Eugene's personal stash and is accompanied by a label from the San Diego Tourmaline Mining Corporation. The specimen also comes with a copy of Fred Rynerson's book, Exploring and Mining Gems & Gold in the West, which among other ventures chronicles his mining activities at the San Diego & Himalaya Mines.



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T-336  Elbaite on Microcline  $125

Virgem da Lapa, Minas Gerais, Brazil

13.3 x 11.9 x 12.5 cm

A stout porcelain-like Microcline crystal studded with gemmy crystals of green & blue-green Elbaite, most of which are terminated. Better known for the great Topaz crystals that have been found there, the Tourmaline from this famous location hold their own when compared to other Brazilian localities.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline, Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-303  Elbaite Tourmaline  $100

Pederneira Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

5.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 cm.

A gemmy, brilliantly-colored Tourmaline crystal that was bent by tectonic activity in the pocket, healed and continued growing.  This crystal has a good bottle-green color and an excellent lustre.  With just a little bit of illumination from above it will really stand out in your mineral cabinet.



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T-321  Rubellite Tourmaline  $265

Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

4.5 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm

A wine-colored Tourmaline with a needle-like form from Brazil's renowned Cruzeiro Mine.  The core of this Tourmaline is deep red-purple in color. This is a striking and strange-looking tourmaline with excellent color.  This crystal is complete all around with no damage.



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T-322  Elbaite Tourmaline on Microcline  $650

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

7.1 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm

A very aesthetic matrix specimen of Tourmaline from the pegmatites of Stak Nala.  This specimen features a 6 cm, multicolored Elbaite Tourmaline nestled in a blocky crystal of Microcline.  What, for me really sets this specimen apart from others are the yellow-colored terminations of two smaller crystals at the base of the specimen.  Yellow is a color almost never seen in Elbaite crystals.  These yellow-capped Elbaites were from a one-off find in the early 1990's and are very rarely seen for sale these days.


Dravite Tourmaline on Quartz, Maria Mine, Sonora, MexicoDravite Tourmaline on Quartz, Maria Mine, Sonora, Mexico
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T-309  Dravite Tourmaline on Quartz  $60

Maria Mine, Cananea, Municipio de Cananea, Sonora, Mexico

6.4 x 2.3 x 2.1 cm

This is an unusual specimen of Quartz and Tourmaline.  I'm not sure how it formed, but it caught my eye right away when I saw it.  This specimen features many crystals of Quartz which are blanketed in very fine crystals of of Dravite (which were very hard to to photograph).  This specimen is undamaged.  Specimens from the mine began to appear in the late 1980s.  Unfortunately, there was usually an inordinate amount of damage to most specimens, and there are not a lot of specimens that survived undamaged.



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T-320  Uvite Tourmaline on Magnesite  $120

Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil

7.5 x 7 x 3.1 cm

Striking bi-colored, red and green, crystals of Uvite on a matrix of crystallized Magnesite. I have seen more than my share of Uvite specimens but this is the first bi-colored Uvite that I have encountered. All the crystals are complete with no damage with the largest measuring 1.2 cm. another feature of this specimen is that the dominant color is either red or green, depending on the angle that the Uvite crystals are viewed at.


Elbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Albite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Albite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Albite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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T-270  Elbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Albite  $295

Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

14.2 x 8.2 x 6.1 cm.

Skardu is a very active district in mining for mineral specimens.  Pegmatite, alpine type and metamorphic minerals are found in thousands of small handcrafted digs.  The most prolific mines are in high altitude remote areas and can be worked only in summer.  This Specimen features a 8.4 centimeter dark-green crystal of Elbaite with a 3.5 millimeter zone at the termination that is blue-green and lighter in color and is transparent.  The main Tourmaline is nestled in a jacket of fractured Albite and clear Quartz crystals, the largest of which is 8 centimeters long.  There are 2 other crudely terminated lighter-green Elbaites shooting through the matrix, the largest of these is 11.2 centimeters in length.  Once more common, you just don't see these Tourmalines from Skardu that often these days.


Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline with Albite, Stak Nala, Pakistan
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T-310  Elbaite Tourmaline with Albite  $125

Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

4.6 x 3.6 x 2.4 cm

In the 1990's these spectacular Tourmalines were quite abundant but are seldom seen for sale these days.  This location is now considered to be all but defunct. This Tourmaline has a good luster and has sports a cape of Albite crystals.  With the price of Tourmaline being what it is these days, it's getting harder to find Tourmaline specimens at a decent price.


Schorl, Santa Cruz, Municipio de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
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T-304  Schorl Tourmaline  $120

Santa Cruz, Municipio de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico

10.7 x 5 x 4.1 cm.

A stout assemblage of Tourmaline crystals from Sonora, Mexico.  This Schorl specimen sports a satin-like lustre.  This is old material and rarely seen as crystals this large.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Cruzeiro Mine Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline, Cruzeiro Mine Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-305  Elbaite Tourmaline  $385

Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

5 x 4.8 x 3.1 cm.

A beautiful gemmy dark-green-blue single terminated Elbaite crystal that weighs in at 126 grams.  This crystal is from a huge find made in 2008.  I purchased a few of the Tourmalines from the find and for the most part have been sitting on them, only recently selling them.  The bottom two-third's of the crystal is quite clear and is striated all around and the termination is complete.  The Cruzeiro Mine is one of the worlds most important gem and specimen mines.  This Tourmaline weighs in at a respectable 126 grams.


Indicolite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Golconda District, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, BrazilIndicolite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Golconda District, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, BrazilIndicolite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Golconda District, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, BrazilIndicolite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Golconda District, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-306  Indicolite Tourmaline  $200

Golconda Pegmatite, Golconda District, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

3.2 x 2 x 1.8 cm.

Here we have a most singular Tourmaline.  An ink-blue crystal of Indicolite that looks like it were dipped in sugar. This crystal has a dark core with a layer of lighter blue and a jacket of clear Tourmaline which has been partially dissolved giving it an etched look.  When properly lit from above this Tourmaline really stands out in your mineral cabinet as it did when it was in my collection.


Schorl Tourmaline, Mantena, Minas Gerais, BrazilSchorl Tourmaline, Mantena, Minas Gerais, BrazilSchorl Tourmaline, Mantena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-307  Schorl Tourmaline  $80

Mantena, Minas Gerais, Brazil

5.5 x 2 x 2.5 cm.


A curiously bent and twisted double-terminated crystal of the variety Tourmaline, Schorl.  Mantena is mostly known for producing specimens of Apatite and Siderite but also produces very attractive schorl crystals too.  For a black mineral specimen, this Schorl has a lot of pizazz.  This specimen has been displayed in many of my numerous award winning competitive exhibits.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline, Golconda Pegmatite, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-300  Elbaite Tourmaline  $100

Golconda Pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil

4 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm.

This Tourmaline has a deep-blue core surrounded by a layer of lighter blue, capped with a layer of translucent green.  When I purchased this specimen it was labeled as being Indicolite. No matter what you call it it is an interesting Tourmaline crystal.  It is damage free, even though it may look a little rough in the photos.


Elbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Cleavelandite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Cleavelandite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Cleavelandite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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T-285  Elbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Cleavelandite  $295

Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

7.7 x 5.5 x 5.5

Skardu is a very active district in mining for mineral specimens.  Pegmatite, alpine type and metamorphic minerals are found in thousands of small handcrafted digs.  The most prolific mines are in high altitude remote areas and can be worked only in summer.  This specimen features a 5.5 centimeter dark-green crystal of Elbaite with a 5 millimeter zone at the termination that is much lighter in color and is transparent.  There is a second Tourmaline that measures 4.4 centimeters and is almost completely encapsulated, just the smallest hint of a termination protrudes from the rear, in the Quartz & Feldspar matrix.  The Quartz crystal is complete all around and is fairly clear.  Accenting the main Tourmaline is a 2.5 centimeter rosette of Cleavelandite.  You just don't see these Tourmalines from Skardu that often these days.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Darrah-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Kunar Province, Afghanistan
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T-302  Elbaite Tourmaline on Albite with Cookeite  $45

Darrah-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Kunar Province, Afghanistan

3.6 x 4 x 1.1 cm.

Here we have a double-terminated, deeply-colored green Tourmaline crystal perched on a matrix of Albite and Cookeite.  This Tourmaline is what I call "slightly tortured" in that it exhibits evidence of being bent, broken and re-healed.  A very interesting specimen and a good conversation piece.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Nuristan Province, AfghanistanElbaite Tourmaline, Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
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T-293  Tourmaline variety Elbaite  $220

Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum Pegmatite Field, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

3.7 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.

A transparent, undamaged & gemmy bi-colored Elbaite crystal with a frosted, modified termination.  I haven't seen an example of these Elbaite crystals in quite some time.  They are from an older find, from the early 1990's, when they were available for a short time.  This crystal is a lot clearer than is apparent in these photographs. The bright spot on the termination is not damage, bur a reflection of the light when I photographed it.  In a time when the price of Tourmaline of any good quality is just downright ridiculous, I think this specimen is priced rather fairly.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Minh Tien Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, VietnamElbaite Tourmaline, Minh Tien Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, VietnamElbaite Tourmaline, Minh Tien Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam
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T-295  Elbaite Tourmaline  $265

Minh Tien Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam

4.6 x 3.1 x 2.5 cm.

A good example of Tourmaline with the classic Luc Yen form. This specimen tapers outwards and culminates in many stepped terminations. This Tourmaline has a pink core with a jacket of green encasing it with a very thin, gem-clear red outer skin. This combination of colors is the typical blending of light green, pink and reddish hues that this location is noted for.  This Tourmaline is complete with no damage, just an area of contact on the lower side as can be seen in the 3rd photo above.


Elbaite Tourmaline on Quartz with Cleavelandite, Skardu, Baltistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite Tourmaline, Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California
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T-265  Elbaite Tourmaline  $375
(double terminated)

Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California

5 x 2.6 x 3 cm.

A classic double-terminated Elbaite exhibiting a hemimorphic form. The color-zoned portion of this Tourmaline is much clearer than it appears here.  It grades from red at the termination, to pink, then to a medium-green hue in the center, then back to pink on the bottom, with an extremely thin light-green layer on the termination. This crystal is a floater, there is no point of contact on this crystal. The depression on the front is due another Tourmaline growing across it, distorting the shape of the crystal.  This Tourmaline is complete all around and has a cat's-eye-like lustre due to the numerous vertical striations on the crystal.  Good Himalaya Mine Tourmalines like this one are scarce these days.  While sporadic work is being done at this mine, pieces such as this are not being found.  These will only get more difficult to obtain in the future.


Tourmaline var. Elbaite with Zanazziite, Ponte do Piauí claim, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, BrazilTourmaline var. Elbaite with Zanazziite, Ponte do Piauí claim, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-281  Elbaite Tourmaline with Zanazziite  $75

Ponte do Piauí claim, Piauí Valley, Taquaral, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

5.2 x 1.7 x .9 cm.

A very rare (only found in a handful of locations) phosphate mineral in a very unusual mineral association. A gemmy, green-blue Elbaite crystal with a jacket of Zanazziite.  These specimens were a one-time find from around ten years ago.


Uvite Tourmaline on Quartz, Brumado, Bahia, BrazilUvite Tourmaline on Quartz, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
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T-289  Uvite Tourmaline and Quartz  $35

Brumado, Bahia, Brazil

7.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm.

While not your prettiest looking Quartz crystal, this specimen is kind of special.  Uvite included Quartz from Brumado is not uncommon, there are many examples of green-colored Uvite in and on Quartz from Brumado. What makes this specimen special is that the Uvite is red-colored.  I have only seen one other example of red Uvite inside a Quartz crystal from Brumado.  The Quartz is undamaged, the notch on the side is from contact with another Quartz Crystal.


Schorl, Silica Pit, Morena Resevoir, Campo, San Diego County, CASchorl, Silica Pit, Morena Resevoir, Campo, San Diego County, CASchorl, Silica Pit, Morena Resevoir, Campo, San Diego County, CA
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T-325  Schorl  $40

Silica Pit, Morena Reservoir, Campo, San Diego County, CA

6.2 x 5.5 x 4.7 cm

An terminated crystal of Schorl From southern San Diego County. This is one of a few dozen crystals that I collected from the Northeast end of the peg just above the waterline of the Morena Reservoir in November of 1993. The rotten Feldspar was shot-through with mostly fragmented Schorl crystals up to 16inches in size. There are a few areas of contacting on the sides of the specimen. Material from this obscure location is impossible to get these days as the area near the Morena Dam has been off-limits since just after 9\11.


Dravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, TanzaniaDravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, TanzaniaDravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
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T-318  Dravite Tourmaline  $45

Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania

4.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

A very strangely formed crystal of Dravite Tourmaline.  I'm guessing that its rounded off termination and abrasions are due to alluvial forces.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Urubu Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite, Urubu Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-191  Elbaite Tourmaline with Lepidolite  $60

Urubu Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil

3.6 x 2 x 2.5 cm.

This crystal is not your run of the mill Urubu Mine Tourmaline specimen that there seem to be so many of, most of them opaque and unterminated.  This is one of the better terminated crystals of this habit from this mine that I have seen.  Three quarters of the Tourmaline has a center of milky Quartz, while the upper portion, while not gemmy, is pretty clear. Accenting this Tourmaline are several patches of Lepidolite.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CaliforniaElbaite Tourmaline, Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California
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T-197  Elbaite Tourmaline  $295

Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California

4.4 x 2 x 1.7 cm.

Here we present a well-formed, mostly transparent, single crystal of Tourmaline from the world-famous and prolific Himalaya Mine.  The crystal grades from a mossy green at the bottom to a brighter green about midway up with a reddish-pink “hitchhiker” crystal jutting from its side.  The termination wraps around a piece of Feldspar.  An unusual combination of colors from a classic Tourmaline location.


Uvite Tourmaline on Magnesite, Pomba Pit, Serra das Equas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil
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T-284  Uvite Tourmaline on Magnesite  $35

Pomba Pit, Serra das Éguas, Brumado, Bahia, Brazil

5 x 4.5 x 3 cm.

I've handled a lot of Uvite from Brumado over the years but don't recall seeing any material of this color before.  This specimen features rhombs of nearly clear Magnesite festooned with sub-millimeter, orange-colored crystals of Uvite.  The few larger Uvite crystals are more red-orange in color.  While there is some minor bruising of the Magnesite, I think that is acceptable in this case as the main feature of this specimen is the unusually colored Uvite crystals.


Elbaite Tourmaline,  Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite Tourmaline,  Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-136  Elbaite Tourmaline  $165

Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil

5.2 x 1.8 x 1.9 cm.

A nice Elbaite Tourmaline from the famous Cruzeiro Mine of Brazil.  This striated crystal exhibits a pleasing grassy-green color in the bottom portion, grading to a darker green in the middle and grading back to an olive-green/green termination which exhibits slight signs of etching.  A good undamaged Tourmaline from a famous location.