Tourmaline With Lepidolite
Jonas Mine, Itataia, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.0 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm
Ex. Irv Brown; F. John Barlow
Quite clearly a competition thumbnail from this most famous of all Brazilian mineral localities for tourmaline, dating to the famous find of the late 1970s. A pristine, transparent, cranberry colored, elbaite with good luster is joined at the base by very light pink lepidolite clusters. If I was starting a quality thumbnail collection, this easily could be my first piece. Wow! It is STUNNING and the color is briliant and so bright and clean, that it is easily seen with minimal backlighting if any. ONE OF THE BEST PIECES HERE; though a common species, of superb form!