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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Tourmaline Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Green 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Alexandrite & Green Tourmaline - Venus Band
$225.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver CZ, Multi-Color Tourmaline Dragonfly Pendant Jewelry
This Pendant was handmade by a master artisan and is one of a kind.Only $173.24 at JeGem.com
no photoSterling Silver CZ, Multi-Color Tourmaline Dragonfly Pendant Jewelry
$173.24
JeGem.com
Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline - Star Flower Ring
This sweet ring blooms with a star-shaped flower on a curved vine that twines around the finger.Only $220.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline - Star Flower Ring
$220.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Earrings with Pink 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 $170.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Earrings with Pink Tourmaline - Thangka Earrings
$170.00
Gemvara
Round Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline - 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 Citrine Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$185.00
Gemvara
Sterling Silver Earrings with Green Tourmaline - Gem Wire Earrings
A jewelry wardrobe must-have, these gem drop earrings are chic classics you will not want to live without. Sleek and contemporary, the sinuous design loops through the ear and into a round bezel-set gem.Only $235.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Earrings with Green Tourmaline - Gem Wire Earrings
$235.00
Gemvara
Pave-Trim Black Tourmaline Stud Earrings - Kendra Scott Luxe - Black (CLIP)
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 (CLIP)
$195.00
Neiman Marcus
Sterling Silver Ring with Pink Tourmaline - Daisy Ring
This nature-inspired ring is the perfect everyday choice with a pretty petite gem-set bloom on a delicate modern band. Wear more than one to create a bouquet for your finger.Only $155.00 at Gemvara
no photoSterling Silver Ring with Pink Tourmaline - Daisy Ring
$155.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Citrine - 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Citrine - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
14K Yellow Gold Bracelet with Green Tourmaline - Gemstones By The Yard Cross Bracelet
A layerable essential, handcrafted in your choice of gems and metals, featuring a cross in pave-set gemstones. Adjustable 7-7.5 chain."Only $485.00 at Gemvara
no photo14K Yellow Gold Bracelet with Green Tourmaline - Gemstones By The Yard Cross Bracelet
$485.00
Gemvara
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
Less is more in this sleek solitaire ring with round brilliant-cut center. Delicate, feminine and simply stylish, this ring is perfect worn alone or stacked. Different stone sizes and band widths are available.Only $225.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Promise Ring - Simply Round Solitaire
$225.00
Gemvara
Round Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Rhodolite Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
This lovely leafy vine ring twines across the finger while brilliant gems bloom among the leaves.Only $180.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound Amethyst Sterling Silver Mother's Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Rhodolite Garnet - Liana Ring with Three Gems
$180.00
Gemvara
.90ct t.w. Amethyst, .80ct t.w. Pink Tourmaline Interlocking Heart Pendant Necklace. 18"
Cross my heart. This slide pendant necklace interlocks two half-hearts to form one beautiful symbol of love. Featuring .90 ct. t.w. amethyst and .80 ct. t.w. pink tourmaline. Suspends from a box chain with a springring clasp. Sterling silver pendant...Only $90.00 at Ross-Simons
no photo.90ct t.w. Amethyst, .80ct t.w. Pink Tourmaline Interlocking Heart Pendant Necklace. 18"
$90.00
Ross-Simons
Round Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Smoky Quartz - 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 Green Tourmaline Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Smoky Quartz - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara
Round London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Iolite & Green 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 $205.00 at Gemvara
no photoRound London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Vintage-Inspired Ring with Iolite & Green Tourmaline - Venus Band
$205.00
Gemvara

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