Tourmaline (Elbaite, Olenite)
Palelni Mine, Molo Village, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson

What a captivating pink Elbaite cluster from the Palelni Pegmatite in Myanmar (Burma). This is not your typical Tourmaline cluster with typical prismatic crystals! It has several, 1 to 1.5 cm intergrown groups composed of rich pastel pink, divergent sprays of tightly bound acicular, Elbaite crystals, some having a triangular cross-section when viewed from the top displaying a satin luster, while others are lustrous, partial hemispheres that are gemmy when looking down through their tops. There is good separation between the individual bundles. This Tourmaline miniature has a diverse set of textures with two distinct habits in one aesthetic little bright pink group!

NOTE ADDED: Although it may or may not affect value to consider this, the Tourmalines from the Palelni Mine may be NOT JUST Elbaite according to - the main products are the locally called "mushroom" rubellite tourmalines. Another type of rubellite is present under the botryoidal shape - those with a smooth surface that have been analysed turned out to be the tourmaline group member olenite.