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Elbaite with Achroite [G9147]
Photograph of a group of faceted elbaites from the National Gem Collection displaying a range of colors
Photo by Chip Clark
TourmalineThe name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese word turmali, used by Sri Lankan merchants to describe an undetermined mix of gemstones. In fact, tourmalines are a family of 11 minerals with the same basic ring-shaped arrangements silicon, around, and oxygen atoms. Commonly found in pegmatites today, they produce some spectacular crystals and gems.
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