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Elbaite (Tourmaline) with Lepidolite

ID: CC20689
This gorgeous pink Elbaite Tourmaline is from a large pocket recently discovered in the Coronel Murta gem mining district of Minas Gerais in Brazil.  This well terminated crystal measures 4.9 cm tall and is mounted vertically on a small square clear acrylic base.  It must be pointed out this specimen has three repairs (noted on its label), a process necessary due to repeated tectonic disturbance of the pocket and hence resultant natural breakages of the brittle Tourmaline crystals while in-situ.  The repairs have been made by a mineralogical company specialising in specimen cleaning a documented repair.  When scrutinising the specimen under magnification, the repairs remain difficult, if impossible, to detect.  The prism is a mix of transparent and semi-translucent bubble gum-pink grading to a lighter coral-pink below the termination and finishing with a 2 mm bright cerise-pink cap.  A few pale lavender Lepidolite mica crystals coat two prism faces adjacent to its base and from which a small 6 mm pink Elbaite crystal branches out.  A charming Elbaite Tourmaline from Coronel Murta, Brazil.

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Dimensions
4.9 × 1.7 × 1.2 cm
Categories
Gem Minerals, Silicates, Tourmaline
Locality
Coronel Murta, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Elbaite, Tourmaline

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