A jumbled mass of Elbaite crystals clustered together with no matrix. There are several different colors and habits, typical of a pocket floor "mess". An early Mt Mica specimen from the Wallace Gould Levison collection (1846-1921) obtained from T.F. Lamb in 1892. Levison purchased several such clusters and some small individual crystals. These had been recovered from the floors of pockets that had explosively decompressed long ago, causing much breakage and litter of crystal fragments which then were recrystallized and fused together. Most of the crystals here have at least one termination and show natural regrowth, with a dusting of tiny colorless tourmaline formed later as a new generation. These pocket floor Elbaite crystals were usually small and not of very high gem value but mineralogically fascinating. A nice example from this most historic USA gem locality of a type not often available today. The terminations are of several forms, prismatic, fibrous and flat, the colors are mixed greens and pinks with some colorless. The original Levison label is not present but we will send a photocopy of the pages of relevance from Levison's hand written collection catalog.
stock #20 AE-7-082 B
Parun Pegmatite Field, Wama District
5.4 x 3.2 x 3.1 (cabinet)
A big, glassy crystal with a very dark blue-green shaft becomes a lighter blue near the top, then grades to a water clear zone and ends with a thin reddish purple cap. Well terminated with a transparent flat top and with great luster. In very good condition, with only very tiny bits of edge wear that is not easy to spot and a small unobtrusive chip on the back. An older piece this color combination is not very common. The top portion is all gem clear but the majority of the crystal is rather dark and only a little light passes through. Displays well and a good value for a stout single crystal. A hefty 106 grams.
Elbaite with Lepidolite
Virgem do Lapa
6.8 x 1.6 x 1.4 CM (cabinet)
A doubly terminated gem Elbaite crystal is partly wrapped in a "cloak" of Lepidolite. The Tourmaline color is a mix of green and blue hues, it is zoned but not sharply, the colors grade together gradually. In excellent condition there is no naked eye visible damage or chipping on the Elbaite. With strong magnification two very slight nicks (under 0.5mm) can be found, this is essentially perfect. The "bottom" termination is a flat basal type while the top is a stacked series of angled faces. Especially pretty with backlight, the association with the sparkling Lepidolite makes a nice contrast. Ex Charles M. Noll collection, 18.7 grams
Muiane Pegmatite, Alto Ligonha District
7.3 x 2 x 1.8 CM (cabinet)
Tourmaline from Mozambique can be incredibly choice and this is a very nice example. Mostly a purple- red color with a yellow green zone, this crystal is strongly dichroic. The Elbaite exhibits a striking color change when rotated in front of a computer screen. Mostly all good gem grade, transparent and very lustrous, this crystal weighs 42.9 grams. The backside of the termination shows some areas that were recrystallized and some small bruises so it is not perfect but this is can be fully hidden by display angle and keeps the cost much lower as a result. Excellent value for a pretty tourmaline that is much better in person
Elbaite - Indicolite
Barra do Salinas Mining District, Coronel Murta
4.9 x 3.5 x 3.4 CM (miniature)
A complex dark Tourmaline crystal that when backlit explodes with an intense deep indigo blue with a zone of green on the edges. From old finds at the remarkable locality of Barra do Salinas which is well known for very colorful and often deeply etched gem crystals. This specimen is the termination of complex prism, the faces are lustrous and the overall weight is 78 Grams, nearly all of good gem grade. There is old edge chipping most of which has been recrystallized, but despite the imperfections the color and luster make this a striking piece. Without any backlighting this is fairly dark and may look like a schorl at first, but when well lit the color is outstanding.
A well exposed complete doubly terminated Elbaite crystal with a pink termination on one end and a flat blue cap on the other end. In fine condition from the famed Paprock pegmatite, this has several color zones and gradations along the length of the crystal. Magnification shows some needle inclusions that look like Byssolite. A choice older Paprock specimen in good shape and nicer in person.
Elbaite -multi color zoned
3 x 1.5 x 1.4 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A glassy, clean and many colored crystal of Elbaite from an old find (1970 vintage) at Santa Rosa. I count four or five colors at least with some gentle gradations. The termination is the flat basal type and has a hint of blue in some lighting but not so strong as a classic blue cap. In excellent condition though there are some tiny rough spots that are sub millimeter in size and not easy to see. A very nice gem crystal with a choice color pallet zoning from this get locale.
Elbaite -gem clear crystal
Pederniera Claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce Valley
4.2 x .8 x .5 CM (miniature)
A clear sharp pair of parallel crystals with slight hint of zoning. Pretty much all gem grade, undamaged and cleanly terminated, this is an affordable and attractive Tourmaline. Since the crystals are rather flat they also transmit light well and are brilliant with any backlight. From finds at the famed Pederneira in 2009.