Elbaite (tourmaline) crystal
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Paprok, Afghanistan <br /><br />3 1/2" tall <br /><br />Paprok is a remote locality at high altitude that is covered by snow for most of the year. During the short summer collecting season, no more than around forty artisan miners work this locality. They remove tourmaline crystals from the hard granite pegmatite using only hammer and chisel. Much of the tourmaline produced by the Paprok deposit is either faceted or carved. Although Paprok will probably be mined for at least 100 more years, demand for crystals will probably consistently outstrip supply for the reasons eluded to therein. <br /><br />This tourmaline crystal is ahead of literally thousands of other Paprok tourmaline crystals because: <br /><br />(a) It is intensely colored. The green is particularly strong. The crystal is in fact bi-colored and is also colored pale pink. <br /><br />(b) The faces are as lustrous as polished glass. <br /><br />(c) The termination of the crystal is as sharp as what one would ever see on a crystal of elbaite.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was bought from Mohammed Sofi of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at the Tucson Show in 2010.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p>
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