Elbaite Tourmaline
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 04.03.2021 | Filed under:

Elbaite Tourmaline

Specimen # 200479
Mineral: Elbaite Tourmaline
Location: Little Three Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 4.1 x 3.3 x 2.1 cm


A very dark elbaite crystal with particularly lustrous termination. This crystal has clearly had an interesting history. Sometime after it crystallized, it broke across the crystal and then it re-healed. The healing was almost complete on one side, in the middle the gap was bridged by needle-sized new crystal growth and remains open on the other side. There are small quartz crystals and albite (var. cleavelandite) crystals in association.  The elbaite crystal looks black to the eye. Colour is visible examined with magnification under bright light (hues of greenish, brownish-maroon, one tiny pinkish spot). In excellent condition, a couple of tiny chips. A really neat specimen.

From the Pete Richards collection, he acquired it from Louis Spaulding on April 12, 1994.

About Pete Richards (click here)