Elbaite, Quartz, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Paprok, Nuristan Province (Nurestan; Nooristan), Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 8.9 x 7.3 x 6.9 cm
This is a large, pristine, unrepaired tourmaline in exceptional condition, featuring a deep green core and a lighter green termination capped by a very thin, red-pink line of growth. It is imposing in its very large, equant form, and perched nicely upon a diagonal crystal of smoky quartz. The large, broad termination is unusual in its even height for such a flat top. Stark white cleavelandite drapes around the backside to provide accent.