Elbaite Crystal – Variety Rubellite – from the Nuristan Province


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This elbaite crystal is from the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. This is a mountainous region in the eastern part of Afghanistain that contains many mines and diggings in gem and mineral crystal pegmatites. It has 52 different mineral species including elbaite. Elbaite is a type of tourmaline that contains the elements Na, Li, Al, Si, B, and  H. Pure crystals are colorless but it can be found in a variety of colors depending on the trace elements incorporated in the crystal lattice.This specimen is the pink variety called rubellite and it contains lithium. This specimen consists of a primary crystal with a smaller crystal at the bottom. They grow off of a single lepidolite crystal base. They are translucent to transparent and have a glass luster. This piece measures 1 7/16 x 1/2 x 7/16 inches or 37 x 13 x 11 mm (including the lepidolite base).

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Weight4 oz