Elbaite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Pederneira claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 12.0 x 9.0 x 7.0 cm
12 x 9 x 7cm. This is a tourmaline cluster from the Pederneira Mine, worked recently between 1998-2005, now seemingly mined out for this material. It measures 12cm x 9 cm tall x 7cm deep and is an aesthetic cluster of several multicolored "watermelon" tourmalines perched on crystallized, contrasting matrix of cleavelandite (the white blades). The crystals are all terminated, including the one pointing to the right - it has a natural contact notch where another crystal grew into it, but is not broken or damaged at all. The colors, especially the multiple hues contrasted on the stunning, sparkling white matrix, are really well developed here.