Dims: 5.8 x 4.4 x 3.0" (14.7 x 11.2 x 7.6 cm)
Wt: 2 lbs., 13.1 oz. (1.78 kg)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
The pegmatite matrix of this small cabinet specimen contains several Elbaite crystals. These crystals are generally in fair condition, showing moderate to intense damage, and reach lengths of at least 2.5" (6.4 cm). Though all are damaged to a degree and lack terminations as a rule, many are intact enough so that their trigonal prismatic forms and rounded triangular cross-sections are easily visible. Where intact, surfaces show a pearly-to-vitreous luster among the striations. Most have the red and green color arrangement of watermelon tourmaline, but a few are purely red in color. They are generally only translucent due to their intense internal fracturing.