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Mineral Specimen #6498    Childrenite on Indicolite Tourmaline

Mina Santa Rosa, Itambacuri, Minas Gerais, Brazil

4.6 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
1.8 x 1.4 x 1.4 in



Stubby, chocolate brown colored Childrenite crystals cover much of one side of a Tourmaline crystal, especially near the termination. The Tourmaline has a tiered termination, consisting of a multitude of fibrous, filament like, sub crystals with a parallel orientation which terminate at different levels. At first glance, the Tourmaline appears to be black in color; but actually, it is a very dark blue color which can be observed under a strong light along the edges and terminations of many of the sub crystals which makes this Elbaite rather than Schorl. Additionally, there is an unidentified, yellow/beige material covering much of the termination. This is an old Luis Menezes crystal recently purchased from his widow. The specimen has been glued onto an acrylic base. This has been done with hot glue and can be readily removed if so desired.

Condition: Good

Flaws: A few of the Childrenite Crystals are incomplete.

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From Brazil | Phosphates | Tourmaline | Rare Minerals | Minerals Priced Between 200 and 299 Dollars