Elbaite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Pederneira claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 5.2 x 4.1 cm
The Pederneira Mine of Brazil has produced an incredible and beautiful variety of tourmalines during its long productive history. This amazing and very aesthetic piece highlights the forces of nature in a pegmatite. The superbly placed, 4.4 cm, gemmy and lustrous, highly striated, teal-green tourmaline crystal was totally sheared in half by pocket forces, but remains attached to the beautifully complimentary, pearlescent, bladed cleavelandite crystals. Close examination of the sheared zone reveals that both halves of tourmaline healed and began renewed growth. The lower section has a raspberry-red, inner core. The pyramidal termination is lightly etched. The contacted watermelon tourmalines in the background, at the top, is a nice accent. A lovely and unusual matrix tourmaline from this renowned locale.