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English: Elbaite, Quartz (Var.: Smoky Quartz)
Locality: Paprok, Nuristan Province (Nurestan; Nooristan), Afghanistan (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: 18 x 10 x 8 cm.
This is a rare matrix bubblegum-colored tourmaline, perched dramatically at one end of a shard of lustrous smoky quartz. The tourmaline has superb color, a rich pink-red hue classic for this region. It has a nearly perfect termination with only minute edge wear and a glassy, unusually fine lustre to the top that lets you look right down into the depths of the crystal. The crystal itself is about 10 x 6 x 5 cm in size, though it tapers slightly towards the base. It is repaired, from a natural break in situ, at a point just below the junction to the attached smoky quartz and so the seam is really quite unseen from the front of the specimen. It is a good, clean repair job with minor restoration at the natural break, and without a jarring visual effect when displayed. This specimen was obtained from a direct source in-country, via email as it came out of the mine, by collector Gene Meieran (from whom I obtained it, in turn). Weighs 1.2 kilograms.
Deutsch: Elbait, Quarz (Var.: Rauchquarz)
Fundort: Paprok, Nuristan, Afghanistan (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 18 x 10 x 8 cm.
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source http://www.mindat.org/photo-271354.html


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