Tourmaline With Lepidolite
1978 find, Jonas Mine, Itatiaia district, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 5.7 x 1.5 x 1.3 cm
Fine elbaites from the Jonas Mine are rarely seen in dealers stocks today, despite the plethora that was available in the late 1970s just after they came out. This one is GORGEOUS, as you can see.... This cranberry colored, transparent crystal is doubly terminated and has a halo of pastel pink lepidolite around the base. Like many of the Jonas Mine elbaites, the upper termination is rough but I cannot find any evidence of contact or damage there. It is complete. And, it displays phenomenally especially when angled slightly to allow its full gemminess to be seen even in minimal backlighting.