Elbaite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Large Cabinet, 17.2 x 11.4 x 9.8 cm
Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
There are HUNDREDS of little jackstraw elbaite tourmaline crystals on this large cleavelandite matrix. They are lustrous, gemmy, a bottle-green color. This was apparently the side of a shallow pocket where the cleavelandite formed in shard-like layers and became the perfect host for the formation of this incredibly rich tangle of little gem crystals.. A unique pocket specimen showing how these things form, and also very pretty. Ex. George Elling Collection.