Elbaite, Albite
Gilgit, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 8.7 x 5.3 cm
A fine, lustrous, striated, prismatic bi-colored crystal of pink and green Tourmaline with a rarely seen unusual "white cap" on bladed Albite matrix. This is definitely one of the more unique Tourmalines that I have seen from any locality, and the "white cap" could be caused by included pocket clay when the crystal formed. The crystal itself measures 4.3 cm long, and passes light when backlit. The quality is good, and the crystal is almost suspended on the matrix in a way that it appears to be floating. Tourmalines are so diverse, and yet, this is the first "white cap" Tourmaline crystal that I can remember seeing from any locality. Ex. Brian Kosnar Collection.