Tourmaline, Albite
Gilgit, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 11.9 x 8.9 x 8.0 cm
You could call this a schorl, since it really IS just about black - but under strong light, at the very termination, you can see just a hint of dark teal blue. At any rate, regardless of what variety of tourmaline it is - this is a sharp, lustrous, fat crystal sticking up amongst tufts of snowy cleavelandite. It measures just over 1.5 cm in height (the exposed part, that is) and about 2.5 cm across the termination.