A very glassy crystal of Elbaite Tourmaline nestled in a cluster of Cleavelandite crystals. The Elbaite has five distinct colors and is fully translucent and slightly transparent. The termination is a perfect flat top type, viewed from the side it is a purple to blue cap on a band of bright green on pink. Viewed from the top however the termination is a lemon yellow-green color. From the great Paprok Mine which is famed for provided many amazing multi-color Tourmalines, this 3.8 CM crystal contrasts well with the matrix. The lower part of the crystal is contacted and the underside is incomplete but there is no damage and the top section is flawless, a lustrous and well-striated gem.
SOLD Elbaite on Feldspar
stock #SOLD 9.1-370
Gaoligong Shan, Baoshan Prefecture
7 x 5.1 x 4.3 CM (cabinet)
Early summer 2023
An unusual and attractive Chinese Tourmaline with bright pink to reddish crystals covering Feldspar and a little Quartz. This is from a find in 2003 in the Gaoligong Mountains of Yunnan province. At the time of this find there was great excitement in the hopes there would be much more to be found, but there was not. We have not seen anything new since. These crystals are very lustrous, sharp and translucent, jumbled in a dense cluster, these are up to 1.1 CM though most are smaller. A pretty and affordable Tourmaline from a little seen locality.
A sharp and unusual gem Tourmaline from old finds at the famed Himalaya Mine. Ex Larry White collection, which he obtained in 1964 with two other Himalaya Tourmalines, but this was the only one with this color. We usually see the pinks and some yellow-greens but this mint green to bluish color is very uncommon. The condition is excellent, the termination complete and with fine transparency, this is nearly all facet grade Tourmaline. Better in person.
Gemmy bubble-gum pink Elbaite crystal from a new find in a little known pegmatite in the Pachigram (Afghan) area. Unlike earlier finds nearby, the crystals in this single pocket are more slender in proportion and can have a slightly colorless or blue zone at the termination. This is in excellent, undamaged condition, it is even fully recrystallized on the bottom end, so it is techically doubly terminated. Most of these were broken from their matrix in natural events long ago, but some like this have rehealed the original connection point. An attractive Tourmaline from an unusual locality.
Barra do Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
5.6 x 1.9 x1.7 CM (cabinet)
A glassy Tourmaline with stepped prismatic terminations weighing 37.45 Grams. Classic Minas Gerais crystal from old finds at Barra do Salinas. This is mostly a dark green with some blue zone near the bottom section. This displays best with backlight it looks dark without some. In very clean condition, no damage by naked eye and looks fine on all sides. Ex Larry White collection, Larry was a well respected collector with very good quality judgment.
A sharp and well-zoned gem Tourmaline crystal shows up to 6 separate color areas. The crystal is perfectly terminated and 4.1 CM tall, perched on the side of a single Quartz prism. The top section of the Elbaite is nearly colorless but in some light sources has a very pale purple-blue hue. The bottom section of the crystal is contacted, incomplete and rough but with a partial, crude termination. Well-striated and lustrous in person. From finds about 9 years ago at Stak Nala (Pakistan); this pocket had some usually vivid color with much less dark zone. There is a crack in the back of the Quartz crystal that looks like it has been repaired, this does not affect the Elbaite but it does make the price much lower than otherwise. Since the crack is not seen on normal display at all this gives an excellent value for a nice, sizable gem crystal on a fine matrix.
Elbaite - Jonas Mine, classic locale
Jonas Mine, Itatiaia District, Conselheiro, Doce Valley
6.6 x 1.2 x 1.1 CM (cabinet)
From the famed find at the Jonas Mine decades ago, this Tourmaline shows the classic cranberry red color with the slight hint of purple that makes these crystals so distinctive. In excellent condition the main crystal has several stepped terminations and a smaller parallel crystal has simple prismatic termination. No damage except on the base where it was attached, this is of course invisible when the crystal is standing. Looks fine on all sides and the color and luster are first rate.
Rubellite variety Elbaite crystals in a complex cluster on contrasting matrix. The termination is a series of sharp spires and a deep recessed void that also contains spikes of Tourmaline. The Elbaite is translucent to transparent in fine condition. The matrix is also well-crystalized and overgrown with white Albite. From a find more than 10 years ago at Paprok this is quite different than the usual material seen from this famed mine. Esthetic and attractive on all sides.