Elbaite Tourmaline (1967 pocket!) - illustrated
Golconda III mine, Golconda pegmatite field, Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.5 x 2.0 cm
Ex. Bruno and Rolando Gioia

From the famous Zequinha's Pocket 1967 find at the Golconda III Mine, comes this elegant bi-color Elbaite Tourmaline cluster. Tourmalines from this find are distinct and easily recognizable by the pastel pink prisms with green tips and so you can tell at first glance that this piece is one of those famous pieces. There are at least a half-dozen super glassy, translucent to transparent, striated prisms that are either entirely pink or some that have the classic green caps. The crystals are all in somewhat of a jumbled, sub-parallel grouping that shows off their singular features quite well and it's super aesthetic. The crystals have a marvelous pastel pink, lustrous column with some capped by a green-blue, satin lustered, pyramidal termination with opposing ends having a flat, pinacoid termination. The crystals range in size from 2 to 4.3 cm. This famous discovery is reviewed in the Mineralogical Record's recent issue on the Golconda Mine, vol. 50, no. 5, 2019. Most collectors only have the chance to acquire a single when they come up - clusters of any size, are rare, and this full miniature is a surprising find. Illustrated in a half page photo, Mineral Collections of Brazil, 2020, page 117.