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Fake Tourmaline?

Posted by Scott Thomas  
Scott Thomas November 03, 2018 03:12PM
Hi everyone. I am a lifelong hobbyist and have enjoyed mining in the Carolinas. I found this tourmaline specimen on Ebay and the seller claims it's all natural and is from a mine in Pakistan. I thought this color only came from Brazil. It is small; the whole stone with matrix weighs 1000cts. Does this look real to you? Thank you!

Paul Brandes November 03, 2018 09:38PM
Welcome to Mindat, Scott!!

I don't see anything in the photo that screams fake to me.
Looks like a neat little specimen...
Doug Daniels November 03, 2018 09:45PM
Certainly intriguing.... The matrix looks a bit odd for tourmaline, but from Pakistan, you never know what may show up. If inexpensive, would be interesting to get it, pop a crystal off, and have it analyzed. But that's just me.
Kevin Conroy November 04, 2018 12:49AM
I also think that it's not fake. I've seen similar from the Paprok, Afghanistan area.
Alix Julien December 17, 2018 06:58AM

The last time I saw this material on Ebay it was sold under the name of Emeraude ...

Steve Hardinger December 17, 2018 04:29PM
This specimen was discussed here before. It's nit fake but the color is significantly enhanced via Photoshop.
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