Tourmaline Var. Elbaite With Lepidolite and Cleavelandite
Small Cabinet, 6.3 x 2.4 x 1.5 cm
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA

A beautiful, gemmy and lustrous pencil Tourmaline from the famous Himalaya Mine of California. The crystal is the classic Himalaya "watermelon-pink," and it is gemmy throughout. The Elbaite is well-complemented by crystals of lavender Lepidolite and bladed Cleavelandite. The upper termination is complete, and it is contacted at the bottom. As is commonly the case with pegmatite Tourmalines from San Diego, there is one crack (repaired) resulting from geologic movement in the pocket. A classic, watermelon-pink, Himalaya tourmaline, but with exceptional aesthetics because of the associations! 13 grams.

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