Tourmaline (Indicolite) on Quartz
Miniature, 3.2 x 2.0 x 1.9 cm
Otjua Mine, Karabib, Namibia

Most of the elbaites from this mine were pink rubellites with a few blue indicolites. But this translucent, lustrous, elbaite crystal has rubellite which zones into a gemmy teal blue and then to an opaque, indigo blue at the termination. Some minor edge wear is present, but not distracting. This and the piece above both came in trade from the private stash of Charlie Key, who obtained them some 20 years ago in Africa. The indicolite is really blue, not blue-gray as some have been, and stands out dramatically - more so, in person.