Elbaite, Albite
Pederneira claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 13.8 x 4.9 x 3.5 cm
A fine and very aesthetic cabinet tourmaline cluster from early-2000s finds at the Pederneira Mine. This gemmy and lustrous, polychrome crystal is double terminated and is strikingly accented by the crossed tourmaline crystal, a euhedral albite crystal (unusual) and a scattering of pink lepidolite crystals at one termination. The bodies of the two crystals range from a gorgeous teal-blue to emerald-green to multiple shades of green. The 3-sided, pyramidal termination is pristine, highly lustrous, frosted and black. The bottom termination is partially frosted, and very etched but complete. The lepidolites and the albite crystal are a nice compliment.