Tourmaline embedded in Smoky Quartz
Molo Village, Momeik Township, Kyaukme District, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma)
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 5.2 x 4.0 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson

Rarely do we see pegmatite combination specimens like this from Myanmar (Burma) or impaled quartz points like from anywhere else, frankly. This is a dramatic specimen! A robust mostly gemmy, nicely formed, light Smoky Quartz crystal is host to a pastel pink Elbaite Tourmaline crystal that penetrates it perpendicularly through the middle. The Quartz crystal is very attractive with glassy faces, good light smoky transparency through much of it with a cloudy core area and the crystal is interesting in that if you look at it in detail, it's not quite sceptered and not quite doubly terminated either! And then there's the pastel pink, transparent to translucent striated Elbaite crystal that measures 5.2 cm in length that dramatically and completely penetrates the Smoky Quartz crystal. The Tourmaline starts out as a tight diverging spray and then disappears into the Quartz one perfect termination poking out the other side! The opposing end of the crystal where the divergence starts is terminated as well and may have fractured and regrown and added a thin, bright, yellow-brown terminus. Classic Burma tourmaline style but...different than all the others!