Elbaite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Mt Mica Quarry, Paris, Oxford Co., Maine, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm
A classic, polychromatic Tourmaline crystal set against a large "sphere" of Albite (var: "Cleavelandite"). The piece comes with an old Harvard label that indicates it's from Newry, but I showed this piece to a few knowledgeable individuals who told me it was most likely from Mt. Mica. The multi-terminated, stout crystal on this piece ranges in color from black to a blue-black color near the base and grades into a rare lilac hue with green terminations. The interesting and unusual color combination along with the overall good condition of the piece makes it a worthwhile and attractive display specimen from this famous New England locality.