Elbaite, Albite, Quartz
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 5.1 x 4.3 cm
This is from an absolutely wonderful pocket of deep pink/green bi-colors found in the late 1980s, and very classic for the style in form and overall aesthetics. The tourmaline is 6.3 x 2.3 x 2 cm in size and has intense color to each end. Often, only one or the other end is deeply colored, and one pale. Here, the pink is almost red in hue, and the green is very saturated. I love the different tourmaline terminations you see on these - so dramatic, split apart by the veil of white in the middle. This is a floater, complete all around, with sheaves of cleavelandite matrix and a 4cm doubly-terminated quartz attached. The tourmaline itself is unusually translucent, as most are darker, and shows its colors with only minimal backlighting.