This is the polished on the one side pink tourmaline specimen. Dimensions: 2.6 x 1.5 x 0.4″ (6.5 x 3.7 x 1cm). Weight – 0.9oz (25 grams). Origin: Russia, Transbaikalia.
Some information about tourmaline:
In 1703, Dutch sailors first brought into Europe elongated crystals of purple-pink color. Following the inhabitants of Ceylon, they called these rocks «turemali» that are meaning is mineral, jewel. Thus arose the modern term tourmaline, which is called a variety of silicate, which includes compounds of aluminum, boron, manganese and magnesium.
Tourmaline stone features a large variety of colors. Ruby-red stones called rubellite, purple-red stones found in the Urals – siberite. Verdelite is green tourmaline, indigolite – blue. Yellowish-brown stones on the deposit Drava in Austria called dravite. Rare colorless crystals called ahroite. A very common black variety of tourmaline calls schorl.