||Tourmaline (Gemmy Elbaite)
Barra de Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
Minas Gerais, Brazil
7.5 x 2.9 CM (cabinet)
A big, glassy gem crystal of rich deep green color and attractive form. The termination is a complex series of separate peaks that looks much like a cityscape. Formerly in the Smale collection, the crystal looks rather dark until it is backlit and it really glows a rich deep green color. The front and sides present well, the rear has some chipping (that's why its the rear) which is not visible from the display side. A very fine older Barra de Salinas piece, probably worth more as gem rough!