Saturday, 28 May 2011

Tourmaline and Rubellite ~

Tourmaline comes in a number of colours, of which the pink is possibly the best known.  It is called rubellite.  The green is called verdelite.  When the pink and green occur together they are described as water melon tourmaline.  There is also a black variety, called schorl, as well as others.

Here the pink and green are together along with quartz.  The green is the more evident of the two in this image:


Rubellite by itself:


And schorl - black tourmaline, with quartz, considerably enlarged:


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