1.2" Terminated, Magenta Rubellite Tourmaline - Brazil

This is an attractive, 1.2" long, magenta-colored, rubellite tourmaline crystal that was collected from the Barra do Salinas mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. 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
$195
DETAILS
SPECIES
Tourmaline var. Rubellite
LOCATION
Barra do Salinas, Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil
SIZE
1.2" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#209378