- Elbaite Tourmaline
- Cabinet, 11.7 x 4.0 x 3.2 cm
- Darra-i-Pech, Nangarhar Prov., Afghanistan
This lovely bicolored elbaite crystal is wreathed by smaller "sidecar" crystals of the same style. The bottom half of this glassy specimen exhibits the classic "watermelon rind" with a green exterior and pink interior. The top third of the specimen is a rich grass green with the termination having a faint pink color. It is literally a palette of all the classic colors of Afghani tourmalines, in one piece! The mass is 309 grams. Very large and impressive in person, it has a heft and a visual mass to it that really make it impactful and frankly I do not think I could replace it today for the price, at the source - prices have really gone up in recent years, and few of this saturated color have been found. Comes with a custom base.