Dims: 5.0 x 4.4 x 0.2" (12.7 x 11.2 x 0.5 cm)
Wt: 7.1 oz. (200 g)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
A cut and polished slab of tourmalinated quartz makes up this specimen. Sections of at least 10 different tourmaline crystals are present, 4 of which are Elbaites. All but one of these Elbaite sections are incomplete- the complete section shows the classic rounded triangular cross-section of the trigonal crystals. All but one have the classic red core and green skin that constitute watermelon tourmaline. All translucent due to heavy internal fracturing, and appear to be glued in some depressions to stabilize their red cores. The other Elbaite is simply red in color and is also heavily internally fractured. The other crystals are essentially black in color and opaque- they could be schorls.