Gem grade tourmaline also occurs at Buleclhi and Shingus, Gilgit, they said adding that Indicolite
(blue tourmaline) was found in pegmatite of Gram Chashma (Chitral).
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The second pocket yielded attractive blue ("indicolite
") crystals as well as some medium-blue crystal clusters measuring up to 15 cm.
Tourmaline on Quartz Pederneira Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil 4 1/4" tall ex-collection D.
Gem grade tourmaline also occurs at Buleclhi and Shingus, Gilgit , they said adding that Indicolite
(blue tourmaline) was found in pegmatite of Garm Chashma (Chitral).
Altogether, 80 kg of blue "indicolite
" elbaite have been produced, of which 30 kg consist of cutting-quality material.
Blue elbaite ("indicolite
") is among the rarest of all the tourmaline colors, and has been prized by collectors for centuries.
These included a lovely, thick, colorzoned gemmy crystal 12 cm long in albite matrix; lustrous, gemmy pink crystals and a few gemmy blue ("indicolite
") crystals as loose loners; a huge green compound crystal termination, 22 cm across, called "the wedding cake"; a flaring, opaque pink compound prism 20 cm high with a jet-black "moor's head" cap; and, as a bonus, a pale pink, part-gemmy morganite beryl crystal measuring about 15 X 20 cm.
From the big pocket we drove 120 feet northwest, following some very good signs, but netted only a meager little pocket of small blue indicolite
The Gusalaka mine, near Pech, Kunar, produced some well-terminated, flawless, uniformly pale blue indicolite
crystals to 5 cm.