Elbaite Var. Tourmaline in Quartz (Floater & Illustrated)
Small Cabinet, 8.9 x 4.8 x 3.6 cm
Barra de Salinas Mine, Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
This unrepaired matrix specimen contains THREE 6-cm-long, doubly-terminated, unrepaired tourmalines!!! And this from a mine KNOWN fo rproducing etched singles that float loose in the pockets to be recovered later by humans, but NOT for matrix specimens of any kind. Matrix pieces here are very rare, and this one came from the person who found this spectacular pocket, written up in 2002. It is the only matrix piece of that pocket, and that I know of for this style. It has at least 3 great display views showing 2 of the tourmalines in full and one in portion, from different angles. It is bright and gemmy, and you can actually look INTO the quartz to see the tourmaline portions included within. Frankly, its a miracle this thing formed to begin with and a greater one that it survived mining! Lastly, this is a floater cluster, complete all around! MAJOR addition for a Brazilian matrix tourmaline suite!