THE MINERAL ELBAITE


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Elbaite belongs to the group of minerals known as the Tourmalines. It is the most colorful member of this group. Elbaite is often cut as a gemstone, sliced into colorful cross-sections or simply appreciated as natural specimens by millions of rock collectors. The many varied colors of Elbaite make it arguably the most colorful of the precious stones. Elbaite contains many variety names based on color. A beautiful blue variety is called indicolite (also known as indigolite), the pink to red variety is called rubellite, the green variety is known as verdelite, while the most famous variety is a pink and green combination called watermelon tourmaline. Often a specimen can have more than one color zone in the same crystal. These zones can alternate in color from the inside to the outside or from the top to bottom. Elbaite is strongly pleochroic which means that a transparent crystal will appear darker when viewed down the long axis of the crystal. A green or blue Elbaite can appear black when viewed from such an angle.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Color is extremely variable with the most common colors being red, pink, green, blue, orange and yellow.
  • Luster is vitreous.
  • Transparency: Crystals are transparent to translucent.
  • Crystal System: Trigonal; 3 m
  • Crystal Habit is typically elongated three, and occasionally six, sided prisms. The terminations can be either a simple to complex trigonal pyramid or flat basal face. The prism faces are striated lengthwise. In cross section, all tourmalines will appear predominantly triangular in shape with some crystals showing a hexagon when three secondary prism faces are nearly as dominant as the three primary prism faces. Doubly terminated crystals are hemimorphic meaning that the two ends of the crystal are not exactly alike. The terminations on a doubly terminated crystal can have different slants to the pyramids on opposite ends. Acicular and massive forms can also be found.
  • Cleavage is absent although there is basal parting.
  • Fracture is uneven to conchoidal.
  • Hardness is 7 - 7.5
  • Specific Gravity is 3.0+ (average)
  • Streak is white.
  • Other Characteristics: Refractive indices = 1.62 and 1.68 .
  • Associated Minerals include those minerals associated with granitic pegmatites and metamorphic rocks such as micas, feldspars, quartz and even other gem minerals such as beryl, garnets, spodumene and topaz.
  • Notable Occurrences include the San Diego, California area; Brazil; Elba, Italy (where Elbaite gets its name); Sri Lanka; Pakistan; Maine, USA and Russia as well as many others.
  • Best Field Indicators are crystal habit, triangular cross-section, color and hardness.
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Pave-Trim Black Tourmaline Stud Earrings - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black
Kendra Scott LuxePave-Trim Black Tourmaline Stud EarringsDetails18-karat yellow gold-plated brass.Oval, faceted black tourmaline buttons.Pave cubic zirconia trim and hook fronts.1inL x 2/3inW.Clip/post backs.Please note: Due to the unique nature of the...Only $195.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoPave-Trim Black Tourmaline Stud Earrings - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black
$195.00
Neiman Marcus
Stylish Design Tourmaline Sterling Silver Bracelet
Weight: 18.90g | Material: Sterling Silver | Main stone: Tourmaline | Width (widest section): 5/8 inch | Inner circumference: 6 inch | Clasp: hidden | Stamp / Mark: 925 | Condition: New | Main color: red | Shape: oval | Item Code: 30-lis-13-8Only $136.85 at SilverRushStyle.com
no photoStylish Design Tourmaline Sterling Silver Bracelet
$136.85
SilverRushStyle.com
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Necklace with Blue Topaz - Heart's Hug Pendant
These hearts hold a smaller one, studded with gems, celebrating love of all kinds.Only $175.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Necklace with Blue Topaz - Heart's Hug Pendant
$175.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Green Tourmaline & Red Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $185.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Green Tourmaline & Red Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$185.00
Gemvara
Round Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Ring with Emerald & Citrine - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
The open band of this stylish ring cradles three brilliant bezel-set gems.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Ring with Emerald & Citrine - Split Bamboo Three-Stone Ring
$225.00
Gemvara
Branch-Bezel Black Tourmaline Pendant Necklace - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black
Kendra Scott LuxeBranch-Bezel Black Tourmaline Pendant NecklaceDetails18-karat yellow gold-plated brass.Faceted black tourmaline pendant set in branch bezel, detailed with cubic zirconia.Double-strand serpentine chain necklace with lobster...Only $275.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoBranch-Bezel Black Tourmaline Pendant Necklace - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black
$275.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Earrings with Green Tourmaline - Thangka Earrings
The delicate openwork pattern that surrounds the gems in these drop earrings is inspired by the flames in Tibetan Thangka spiritual paintings. Each disc is domed to capture light from every angle.Only $160.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Earrings with Green Tourmaline - Thangka Earrings
$160.00
Gemvara
Round Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Pink Tourmaline - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Pink Tourmaline - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Peridot & Emerald - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Peridot & Emerald - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Smoky Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace with Rock Crystal & Green Tourmaline - Birds of a Feather Pendant
This lovely feather necklace has three gems. Pick a palette to accent your wardrobe of choose birthstones to carry those you love close to your heart.Only $180.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Smoky Quartz Sterling Silver Necklace with Rock Crystal & Green Tourmaline - Birds of a Feather Pendant
$180.00
Gemvara
Large Black Tourmaline Bib Necklace - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black (LARGE )
Kendra Scott LuxeLarge Black Tourmaline Bib NecklaceDetails18-karat yellow gold-plated brass.7 black tourmaline oval facets shape bib.Pave cubic zirconia.Serpentine chain necklace.Fold-over clasp.18 1/2inL.Please note: Due to the unique nature of the...Only $550.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoLarge Black Tourmaline Bib Necklace - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black (LARGE )
$550.00
Neiman Marcus
Round Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Ruby - Written in the Stars Ring
Two glittering gemstones and numerous star etchings rest atop the hollowed upper band of this gleaming ring, designed for the stargazers among us.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Pink Tourmaline Sterling Silver Promise Ring with Ruby - Written in the Stars Ring
$235.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Earrings - Round-Cut Stud Earrings
These simple studs bring a touch of classic chic. They are carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $250.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Earrings - Round-Cut Stud Earrings
$250.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Necklace - Eternal Heart Pendant
Eternal love is beautifully expressed in the infinite line of this heart pendant. Carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $160.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Necklace - Eternal Heart Pendant
$160.00
Gemvara
Round Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Amethyst - Venus Band
Scalloped shells form a fluted pattern on each side of this feminine tapered band, carefully handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals.Only $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Red Garnet Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Amethyst - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara

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