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

Elbaite Tourmaline

Specimen # 200478
Mineral: Elbaite Tourmaline
Location: Little Three Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA
Size: 4.3 x 3.4 x 3.2 cm


A dark green tourmaline with lustrous, striated prism faces and a flat pinacoidal termination. The green colour is zoned internally, with the darkest and least translucent near the termination and more green and translucent beginning about 1 cm from the termination. It looks almost black in modest lighting, and colour comes through with any amount of backlighting. In excellent condition overall with minor chipping.  A beautiful, classic trigonal California tourmaline.

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


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