1.8" Black Tourmaline (Schorl) & Quartz Cluster - Namibia

Here is a crystal cluster containing black tourmaline (schorl) and quartz, collected from the Erongo Mountains in Namibia.

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral compounded with elements such as aluminium, iron, magnesium, sodium, lithium, or potassium. Schorl, or black tourmaline, is the most common form of tourmaline, and has been used for everything from jewelry to piezoelectric guitar pickups.

Silicon Dioxide, also known as SiO2 or Quartz, is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Quartz crystals generally grow in silica-rich, hot watery solutions called hydrothermal environments, at temperatures between 100°C and 450°C, and usually under very high pressure. Quartz veins are formed when open fissures are filled with hot water during the closing stages of mountains forming, and can be hundreds of millions of years old.

Tourmaline var. Schorl & Quartz
Erongo Mountains, Namibia
1.8" wide