Elbaite Tourmaline
Paprok, Nuristan, Laghman Prov., Afghanistan
Cabinet, 11.0 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Ex. Herb Obodda

This is a very large, impressively beautiful, glassy and translucent, tourmaline with "freaky color" that is simply different than any other I have seen from these regions. It has deep raspberry colored zones, with hints of maroon and purple, saturated like no other piece we have seen. This is a major elbaite (multicolored tourmaline) crystal from the famous Paprok pegmatites. The top 2 cm of the crystal is actually quite translucent/gemmy and the color is much more uniform and richer than we can convey easily in natural light photos. It is certainly more impressive, and leaps out, more than most such robust single elbaite crystals from Paprok. ex. Herb Obodda collection, and imported directly by him from his many trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan, over a decade ago. I have not seen its equal to today. The mass is a whopping 938 grams. Comes with custom lucite base.