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TitleTourmaline, var. rubellite
DescriptionThe reddish to purple color of tourmaline is called rubellite. Most people consider tourmaline to be a single mineral. But in fact, it is a group named for several different minerals. Their rich and varied colors can captivate the eye. Even the black opaque tourmalines can shine nicely and produce sharp crystal forms. Tourmalines are cut as precious gems, carved into figurines, cut as cabochons, sliced into cross-sections and natural specimens are added to many a rock collections.
LocationUSA ▹ California ▹ San Diego County
PhotographerDarla Sondrol. 2002-02-15.
CollectionWard’s Classroom Collection of Gem Minerals #23.
Key wordsTourmaline, rubellite
Tech details223 KB. Hand specimen. Fujifilm FinePix S1Pro digital camera; 60mm AF Nikon micro lens.
GeoDIL number2388