Elbaite Tourmaline (DT)
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm
Ex. Dr. Art Soregaroli
This is a notable, large, stout, old-time Tourmaline from the famous Himalaya Mine. It has an unusual tiered, "TRIANGULAR" prism termination that was seen often in these old crystals. The main termination has a definite raspberry overtone that grades quickly into a rich pink that dominates most of the crystal. This Elbaite is in superb condition, and has very good luster. The crystal is doubly-terminated and, at 98 g, it is a most impressive Elbaite for the location. The color is excellent, as is the luster. For the size, it does not get much better! This was probably from the 1980s-ealry 1990s production but one can not be sure.