Dims: 0.45" x 0.3" x 0.45"(1.1 x 0.8 x 1.1 cm)
Wt: 1.6 g. w/ foam base
This specimen consists of a single hexagonal crystal of chromium Elbaite tourmaline that is glued to a foam base which fits into a plastic specimen box. Needless to say, its color is a deep green that has a bit too much yellow in it to qualify as an "emerald green". Its form is excellent, and except for a spot on one side where the specimen was separated from another crystal, it is complete. The faces have surprisingly subtle striations running along their lengths, as do the faces of the shallow trigonal pyramidal termination, lending to its vitreous luster. It has good translucence, but is filled with internal fractures that prevent any transparency. It is a splendid little thumbnail, though, coming from an area that is much better known for its corundum production.