1.1" Colorful Elbaite Tourmaline Cluster - Cruzeiro Murta, Brazil

This is an attractive, 1.1" long, elbaite tourmaline cluster that was collected from the Cruzeiro Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The largest tourmaline has a magenta cap with teal-blue to green coloration within. The color zoning stands out when holding a light source behind the crystal.

It has been mounted to an acrylic display base for aesthetic presentation.

Elbaite is a form of tourmaline and is perhaps the most multicolored mineral. It has been discovered in virtually every color of the spectrum and has dramatically increased in popularity since the 1990's. While specimens are commonly faceted into gemstones, most high quality crystals are left as is, or are cut and sold as cross-sectional slices. Elbaite forms as short, stubby, and/or elongated prismatic crystals, often with striations that run along their length. Aggregates of elbaite can occur as botryoidal, columnar, radiating crystals and in compact masses.

There are a wide variety of names (classic and modern) for elbaite depending on the colors it presents, including achroite (colorless variety), blue cap tourmaline, chrome tourmaline (green variety caused by chromium impurities), fluor-elbaite, indicolite (blue variety), Moor's head tourmaline, mushroom tourmaline, Paraiba tourmaline, rubellite (pink-red variety), siberite (purple variety), verdelite (green variety), and watermelon tourmaline (green exterior with red interior).

The chemical formula of elbaite is Na(Li,Al)3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4


FOR SALE
$125
DETAILS
SPECIES
Tourmaline var. Elbaite
LOCATION
Cruzeiro Mine, São José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
SIZE
1.1 x 1"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#209374