Momeik, Mogok, Burma
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 3.6 x 3.6 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
This is one of the botryoidal or mushroom shaped elbaites for which Mogok is noted, highly unusual "rounded" tourmalines. It features a 2.5 cm-across sphere atop. It is lustrous and translucent with a very eye pleasing cranberry-red color. A portion of the sphere has an uncovered bit where you can see inside to the schorl that the rubellite red tourmaline overgrew. A superb example of this rare habit. The mass is 45 grams. From the Burma collection of "Burma Bill" Larson, who has for decades brought out gems and then minerals as this region opened up to the trade in specimens.