Elbaite (tourmaline) on orthoclase
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Stak Nala, Northern Areas, Pakistan <br /><br />2 1/2" across <br /><br />I selected this piece from thousands of inferior ones mined during the 2012 collecting season. It stands out because: <br /><br />(a) It is free of damage. <br /><br />(b) The elbaite crystals are on a sharply crystallized matrix of orthoclase. <br /><br />(c) The composition of the piece is pleasing. Four perfect crystals of elbaite are separated from each other and are "perched" on a matrix of orthoclase that is in proportion to the size of the elbaite crystal cluster.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was bought from Mohammed Sofi of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia during a visit to his home in 2012.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p>

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