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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Bicolor Elbaite

Elbaite (NMNH G9977, C6648)
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SpecimenCatalog NumberLocality
ElbaiteNMNH G9977-00Minas Gerais, Brazil
ElbaiteNMNH C6648-00Brazil


Elbaite is a colorful member of the tourmaline group of minerals. Often cut into gemstones, elbaite comes in many color-specific varieties, including indicolite (blue), rubellite (red), watermelon (pink surrounded by green), bi-colored (two colors in one crystal) and parti-colored (three or more colors in one crystal, also known as multicolored). Pictured here is a bicolored elbaite crystal and a 34.6 carat gem from Brazil.


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