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GeneralShare your best Tourmalines!!

10th Nov 2019 05:06 UTCPatrick Badell

Please share your favorite or best tourmalines in your collections! 

13th Nov 2019 17:24 UTCJobe Giles

I realize, mine does not hold a candle to you beautiful specimen; however this is a self collected piece from Northern California, an area not known for euhedral tourmaline. We do not have lithium and so are limited to black tourmaline species. He is a small, terminated, pencil of Schorl, BBC Mine Northern California, USA

13th Nov 2019 17:31 UTCJobe Giles

Another Schorl specimen exhibiting iridescence with muscovite. BBC Mine, Northern California, USA

13th Nov 2019 22:36 UTCPaul Brandes Manager

I wouldn't say this is my "best" tourmaline, but is one that I self-collected in of all places, the north woods of Wisconsin! Sadly, this deposit is strictly off limits to collecting and is occasionally patrolled by local authorities. 

16th Nov 2019 05:21 UTCJobe Giles

That’s a real shame, I like this piece!

16th Nov 2019 21:48 UTCGareth Evans

I do not collect many silicate minerals as my main interest lies with sulphides, sulphosalts, carbonates and native elements.

I have only two Tourmaline specimens, actually the variety called Schorl, and both come from Namibia.

The largest specimen I have is shown in the photos above. It has two large and highly lustrous crystals of Schorl - one clearly dominant. The largest crystal is 150 mm high and 90 mm wide.

It comes from the Kanona-Erongo workings, Omaruru, Erongo Region, Namibia.

19th Nov 2019 00:51 UTCJobe Giles

That is a great specimen. Love those terminations!!

18th Nov 2019 21:26 UTCKevin Conroy Expert

Here's an 4.3 cm tall indicolite with lepidolite from Himalaya Mine, San Diego California, USA.

19th Nov 2019 00:51 UTCJobe Giles

Beautiful piece Kevin!

19th Nov 2019 01:48 UTCKevin Conroy Expert

Thanks!   I got a batch of these many years ago but only kept a couple, and this is my favorite of the two.

19th Nov 2019 20:21 UTCNick Gilly

Here's a large dravite specimen I bought way back in the 1980s whilst on holiday in Spain. I can't remember if there was a label with a location originally but it'll be from the Yinnietharra Dravite Mine.

20th Nov 2019 00:45 UTCJobe Giles

Dravite on matrix, undisclosed location in CT. Not the best photo. I’ll upgrade. Mounted on 2x2 “ block.
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