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Elbaite (Tourmaline) with Smoky Quartz

$10,000.00   €8,525  £7,330.00 approx.  

This specimen is priced in US dollars, all other prices are approximate.

ID: CC20816
This exceptionally colour-zoned Elbaite Tourmaline is from the gem bearing spodumene pegmatites at Paprok in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. A single 4.8 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm Elbaite prism is attached at its base to a 4 cm long deep smoky Quartz crystal, the two at 45 degrees to each other. The Elbaite is triclinic in cross-section as is the nature with Tourmaline, yet this is an elongated habit, forming more a rounded isosceles triangular section. The initial 2.5 to 3 cm of the prism is translucent cherry-magenta then changes to semi-transparent bubble gum pink. This is succeeded by a narrow yellow-fawn band and then one of bright leafy-lime green. The prism culminates with pale lavender, then coral-pink and finally a thin, perhaps 0.5 mm light blue cap. The latter is not apparent but can be seen sideways-on under low magnification. The prism faces have a brilliant glassy lustre whereas the pinacoid has a waxy appearance. The crystal has a perfectly flat pinacoid termination. This has tiny areas of micro-bruising all around its circumference and are all likely to be natural through tectonic disturbance in the pocket. A gorgeous and spectacular Elbaite from Paprok.


4.6 × 4.4 × 3.2 cm
Gem Minerals, Latest Additions, Quartz and Agate, Tourmaline, Exceptional Specimens
Paprok, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, Asia

Minerals on Specimen

Minerals on specimen
Elbaite, Quartz, Smoky, Tourmaline

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