Dims: 7.5 x 5.7 x 4.9" (19.1 x 14.8 x 12.4 cm)
Wt: 5.9 lbs. (2.7 kg)
Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan
Scores of trigonal prismatic Elbaite tourmaline crystals rest on the pegmatite host of this cabinet specimen. The largest of these has a visible length of 1.5" (3.8 cm) and a diameter of approximately 0.3" (8 mm). Almost all of them are broken or damaged, likely due to the mining of the specimen itself. Those that are intact are still partially or mostly embedded in the host rock. They have excellent form, with well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess the standard vitreous luster when they are not coated with other minerals. All have a lovely moderate green coloration with a tinge of blue, and are transparent and impressively clear. A few of the larger crystals may contain cloudy or veil-like inclusions, but internal flaws are mostly limited to basally-oriented internal fractures. There are more intact crystals present on the specimen than are immediately visible- this is due to the fact that many of them are covered with a thin crust of the pegmatite host. Besides the Elbaites, there are 3 smoky quartz crystals that are mostly embedded in the host- one of these is damaged, but the others appear to be intact and have good form.