Super sharp, lustrous dravite. The termination is as lustrous as any of the fine dravites from this lot in this size – it’s really glassy. The corner chip is around the back (the crystal stands perfectly as photographed) and is invisible from the viewing angle if mounted on a stand. Brilliant dravite crystal!
About These Dravite Tourmalines
These dravite tourmalines from Serra Branca, Brazil, are sharp crystals!
All of the crystals are doubly-terminated. The prism faces have a bright lustre, like black opaque glass. Under bright lights (such as the photography lighting), a few subsurface glints of internal brown are visible in some, but under normal lighting, to the eye the crystals look essentially black and opaque. The termination faces vary, with many showing a slightly silky lustre and delicate texture. Most of these are crisp, simple crystals (they really look like idealized crystal models!) and some have a bit more complexity to them. None of these crystals are perfect all-around – they have a little edge wear or minor nicking in some place or another – however, these are high quality specimens and they are the best of the lot.
These specimens were collected over 20 years ago and they were squirreled away in Brazil until a few months ago. Frank Melanson had analysis done to confirm that they should be labeled dravite.