Tourmaline (Var: Rubellite)
Sosedka pegmatite vein, Malkhan pegmatite field (Malchan), Krasnyi Chikoy, Chitinskaya Oblast', Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 3.7 x 3.7 cm
This is an intense maroon-colored tourmaline crystal of extremely high quality for the locale, and was mined over a decade ago. It has the classic "siberite" color, a deep cranberry hue found seldom today. The crystal is complete-all-around and even has a little attached matrix in the backside. It has excellent luster on the termination, which is also complete. Weighs 94 grams. Ex. Graw Collection.