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Gallery 7 Tourmaline Specimens

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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  $85

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.


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, damaged or undamaged.


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  $120

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 broken by tectonic activity in the pocket, bent, 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.


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.



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T-308  Schorl with Beryl inclusion  $60

Dara-i-Pech Pegmatite Field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan

2.8 x 2.4 x 2.5 cm.

Just when you think that you've seen it all from Afghanistan, there's this specimen   A lustrous crystal of Schorl that is include by a clear, colorless Beryl crystal.  The Beryl continues down the length of the specimen with a small portion protruding from the Schorl's bottom.  Another neat feature of this specimen are the pronounced and well-formed growth hillocks on its beveled termination.  I have sold a good amount of material from Afghanistan over the last 27 years and I have only seen one other specimen like this.


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  $125

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, 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.

 


Tourmaline cast after Spodumene on Quartz, Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Nuristan Province, AfghanistanTourmaline cast after Spodumene on Quartz, Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Nuristan Province, AfghanistanTourmaline cast after Spodumene on Quartz, Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
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T-290  Tourmaline cast after Spodumene on Quartz  $90

Mawi Pegmatite, Nilaw-Kolum, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

6.5 x 7 x 4.3 cm.

Here we present a differnt type of mineral specimen from Afghanistan for a change.  Resting against a cluster of clear Quartz crystals are the remains of 2 Spodumene crystals.  The Spodumene has been replaced by a myriad of needle-like, green crystals of Elbaite Tourmaline.  This specimen is quite attractive and would brighten up any mineral cabinet.


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  $250

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

3.7 x 1.7 x 1.7 cm.

A transparent and 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.  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  $395
(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  Tourmaline var. Elbaite 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.


Dravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, TanzaniaDravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
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T-276  Dravite Tourmaline  $50

Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania

4.1 x 1.1 x .7 cm.

I've only seen maybe 50-60 examples of these crystals, but they are quite distinct and interesting.  This area has recently produced some interesting Dravite specimens including yellow, olive-green and brown crystals.  More recent are these fascinating gemmy and rarely seen "root beer" colored crystals, which grade into a very thin sliver of a yellow hue (which is one of the rarest colors for any tourmaline species) and to top it off is the stark contrast in the immediate form of a silvery-blue opaque cat's-eye termination.


Dravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, TanzaniaDravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
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T-273  Dravite Tourmaline  $35

Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania

5 x .8 x .6 cm.

I've only seen maybe 50-60 examples of these crystals, but they are quite distinct and interesting.  This area has recently produced some interesting Dravite specimens including yellow, olive-green and brown crystals.  More recent are these fascinating gemmy and rarely seen "root beer" colored crystals, which grade into a very thin sliver of a yellow hue (which is one of the rarest colors for any tourmaline species) and to top it off is the stark contrast in the immediate form of a silvery-blue opaque cat's-eye termination.


Dravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, TanzaniaDravite Tourmaline, Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
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T-275  Dravite Tourmaline  $75

Mwajanga, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania

5 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm.

Another example of the diversity of the Dravite crystals from Tanzania.  The Simanjiro District has recently produced some very interesting Dravite specimens including yellow, olive-green and brown crystals.  More recent are these fascinating gemmy (when backlit) "root beer" colored crystals.


Elbaite Tourmaline, Urubu Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, BrazilElbaite, Urubu Mine, Itinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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T-191  Elbaite 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 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  Tourmaline var. Elbaite 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 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, 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-283  Uvite Tourmaline on Magnesite  $40

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

6.3 x 3.5 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.


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.