Dims: 9.1 x 5.0 x 3.8" (23.1 x 12.7 x 9.7 cm)
Wt: 7.25 lbs. (3.3 kg)
Minas Gerais, Brazil
At least 20 Elbaite crystals are embedded in the pegmatite host rock of this specimen. Though it is impossible to accurately assess their size, a few are at least 2 inches long, according to their exposed lengths. Their trigonal prismatic form appears to be good, though this is also difficult to study. They occur in colors of blue-green, red, and a combination of the two, as both banded and watermelon tourmaline. Almost all are either broken or damaged to some degree, though the pegmatite seems to have protected some of them. Their clarity varies widely from transparent to nearly opaque, and all appear to contain numerous internal fractures. One end of the host rock is permeated with what appears to be lepidolite that has taken on an odd, almost spiky form.