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Gallery 7 Tourmaline Specimens

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T-321  Rubellite Tourmaline  $225

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.


Elbaite, Pyingyi Taung, Male, Letpanhla, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, MyanmarElbaite, Pyingyi Taung, Male, Letpanhla, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Myanmar
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T-363  Elbaite  $35

Pyingyi Taung, Male, Letpanhla, Singu Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region, Burma

1.9 x 1.2 x .7 cm

A mostly gemmy Tourmaline crystal from finds made about 15 years ago. This specimen has a pleasing pink color with a thin layer of dark blue on its termination.


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.



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T-366  Elbaite and Topaz with Cleavelandite  $650
Ex. William Larson Collection

Little Three Mine, Ramona District, San Diego County, CA

12.4 x 7.6 x 6.9 cm

Here we have a complexly-terminated Tourmaline intergrown with colorless Topaz crystals on its termination. This specimen has a hue that ranges from medium to dark green. There is a small area of contact on the termination of this stout Tourmaline. This museum-sized specimen is apparently from the earliest period of mining at the Little Three, circa 1910, according to Bill Larson: "it predates Louis Spaulding and the modern era as I got it from an old collector in Encinitas back in the 1960's, exchanged with cut Tourmalines I mined. It was presumed to be from the 1910 period there.


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  $50

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

6.2 x 5.5 x 4.7 cm

A 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 pegmatite, 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 16 inches in size. There are a few areas of contacting on the sides of the specimen, but no damage. 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. A great San Diego County locality specimen.


Elbaite, Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite, Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, PakistanElbaite, Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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T-348  Elbaite (double terminated)  $195

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

6.1 x 2 x 1.7 cm

A lustrous and double terminated crystal of dark-green-colored Elbaite. The top termination of this specimen is yellow-green in color and is transparent while the bottom termination is translucent and has a rich green color. The terminations of the "hitchhiker" crystals on the sides are colorless. This specimen is also included by truncated crystals of Cleavelandite.



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T-339  Elbaite with Pyrite & Cleavelandite  $775
Ex Chris Amo Collection

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

7.8 x 2.5 x 2.4 cm

This prism of Tourmaline features a red core with a green outer layer with a darker termination that is sprinkled brassy-colored crystals of Pyrite. The crystal is complete all around with no damage. This specimen is an example of one of the rarer mineral associations that that occur at this famous and long-lived Tourmaline location. These specimens are from a small find from the mid 1980'sand are pretty much never seen for sale. This specimen comes with a custom-made acrylic base.


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.


Schorl, Santa Cruz, Municipio de Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
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T-304  Schorl Tourmaline  $125

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 and has no damage.  This is old material and rarely seen as crystals this large.


Elbaite & Lepidolite, Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite & Lepidolite, Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Elbaite & Lepidolite, Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite & Lepidolite, Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-344  Elbaite & Lepidolite  $450

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

9.8 x 6.2 x 5.3 cm

A large, stout and green-colored crystal of Elbaite with a jacket and a crown of yellowish Lepidolite. The Elbaite has a chatoyant outer layer with a darker center. This specimen is a complete floater with no damage.


Elbaite, Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CaliforniaElbaite, Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California
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Elbaite, Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CaliforniaElbaite, Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California
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T-346  Elbaite  $2,750
Ex John P. Frey

Himalaya Mine (Cityscape Pocket), Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA

8.3 x 4.2 x 3.6 cm

A very lustrous, etched & tapered Elbaite crystal from a find made in the 1980's dubbed the “cityscape pocket”. This specimen grades in color from green at the bottom to a hot pink-colored termination. The upper 80% of the specimen is clear and the center portion of the specimen exhibits a grass-green color with minimal backlighting. A superb example of this material and one of the largest that I have seen from this unusual find.



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T-336  Elbaite Tourmaline on Microcline  $150

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.


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.


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  $50

Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania

4.2 x 1.6 x 1.4 cm

A very strangely formed crystal of Dravite Tourmaline. This cranberry-purple-colored crystal is complete all around and gas no damage. This specimen's rounded off termination is due to alluvial forces.


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 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.  This highly lustrous crystal is fascinating and unique. Unlike most tourmaline crystals this is not just a plain prism with some striations but much more a complex stack that looks as if it was constructed from many smaller parts. 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 crystal has a lot of pizzazz.  This specimen has been displayed in many of my numerous award winning competitive exhibits.


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 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  $350

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.


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.


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.