Elbaite Tourmaline
Palelni Mine, Molo Village, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)
Thumbnail, 2.3 x 1.9 x 1.8 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson

Sporting a very distinct "mushroom" shape, this is a thumbnail version of the quintessential "mushroom cap" Tourmaline from Burma, from classic finds of the 1990s. It also has a very recognizable black Schorl core with a marked contact with the raspberry-pink, mushroom exterior. The shape is very aesthetic going from a "skirt" at the base tapering in to a "waist" then blossoming out to the unmistakable mushroom cap. The crystal has a satin luster with minor whitish clay at the interstices between the bunched, individual component crystals (it looks like a red broccoli cluster!).