Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Elbaite Tourmaline

Elbaite is the most well-known and valuable form of tourmaline. Most multicolored tourmalines and almost all tourmaline gems are of the elbaite variety. Elbaite is perhaps the most multicolored mineral, coming in virtually every color of the spectrum. Originally discovered on the island of Elba, Italy in 1913, it has since been found in many parts of the world.

Elbaite contains many variety names based on color. A blue variety is indicolite, the pink to red variety is called rubellite, the green variety is known as verdelite. A pink and green combination is watermelon tourmaline.

Elbaite is one of the most varied minerals in terms of color. Colors include green, red, pink and blue. White, colorless, black, brown, yellow, orange, and purple colors are less common.

Crystals are frequently multicolored, containing two or more distinct colors. Some specimens are pleochroic.

Faceted Watermelon Tourmaline