Elbaite (tourmaline)
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Paprok, Afghanistan <br /><br />4" tall <br /><br />This fine gem pencil displays a strong medium-green that is characteristic of elbaite crystals mined from Paprok. The termination is dark-purple and pyramidal. The other end of the crystal is a break. This crystal is mainly of facet quality. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Paprok is one of the world's most remote mineral specimen localities.  It is above the snow line and excavation with hammer and chisel is only possible during a narrow window during the summer months when the locality is not covered with snow.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was traded from Cal Graeber via the mail in 1994.  He acquired it via a trade with The Beijing Museum when the piece was thought to be from the Chinese Altai Mountains.  </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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