Elbaite, Albite
Cabinet, 10.0 x 8.5 x 7.0 cm
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
A DRAMATIC CABINET specimen featuring a 4.3 cm-tall, very gemmy, intense green tourmaline crystal with a slightly blue-indicolite termination proudly projecting upward amidst a field of lustrous, stark-white albite blades all atop a matrix of it the Sword in the Stone! This SUPERB and AESTHETIC piece hails from the famous Golconda Mine of Brazil and is a highly desirable old-timer from a collection we picked up in California recently containing nothing past 1980 or so. The quality and aesthetics, the stark contrast to the crystallized albite blades of the matrix is classic for this mine from the 1960s but few are seen for sale nowadays.