Tourmaline (Var: Rubellite)
Himalaya Mine (Himalaya pegmatite; Himalaya dikes), Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm
A CLASSIC and RARE, doubly terminated, bent tourmaline from the famous Himalaya Mine. Tectonic forces during crystal growth caused these striking crystals to break, but the crystal healed and continued growth. This classic, for the Himalaya Mine, pink rubellite tourmaline is very gemmy and lustrous, is nicely accented by purple lepidolites and the lower portion of the crystal has a green interior. The terminations have a matte finish and this beauty is very nearly pristine, with only the slightest edge-wear on one termination. Ex. George Elling Collection. 48 grams.