Tourmaline (Var: Indicolite)
Pederneira claim, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Cabinet, 13.9 x 1.0 x 0.8 cm
This gorgeous, completely transparent, gem rough quality tourmaline came out around 1999 from a small pocket. I have not seen the mine produce comparable material since this find, and now the mine is closed for all practical purposes for further pegmatite mining after blasting out the current pegmatite on all sides into barren rock. This crystal is pristine, complete, and doubly-terminated. Weighs 24 grams.