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PostPosted: Jan 11, 2013 00:07    Post subject: Strange Tourmaline formation containing a straw like channel  

I was offered this specimen recently and was curious as to how it could have formed, how rare this is, and if this is something I should purchase before its too late. I enjoy having a few atypical specimens and have never seen one like his before, also any insight on this specimen would be appreciated, all I know is that it is afghani in origin.

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PostPosted: Jan 11, 2013 06:25    Post subject: Re: Strange Tourmaline formation containing a straw like channel  

Hi MSRockhound!
This is a typical elbaite from the southern Asian basin (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India etc.). The inclusions are made by growth channels and some fractures. If you see it by a microscope, it's not to exclude you will see some mineral inclusions as well! Sometime mineral inclusions are very nice and interesting!
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 11:38    Post subject: Re: Strange Tourmaline formation containing a straw like channel  

Very interesting specimen.

There is an excellent discussion of these "hollow tourmalines" here:
http://www.minsocam.org/msa/special/pig/PIG_CQ/PIG_CQ_hllw_tur.html
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 11:54    Post subject: Re: Strange Tourmaline formation containing a straw like channel  

The end-on view is not a very clear image, but gives an impression that there is not a simple empty trigonal prism along the axis of the crystal. Perhaps this could be an example of skeletal growth from a highly supersaturated solution as opposed to the selective dissolution mechanisms discussed in the "PIG" thread.
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2013 20:02    Post subject: Re: Strange Tourmaline formation containing a straw like channel  

I have a tourmaline, also from Afghanistan, with a similar growing pattern type and some "holes".

And another one from Pakistan that shows a small portion of overlaping exterior layer creating a void space.

Maybe Chris specimen is an extreme example of this growing pattern type.



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It looks like grown in round or helicoidal layers, leaving void spaces in some places.
Nuristan, Afghanistan.
8,5 x 3 x 2,5 cm
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In this termination and in middle section can see the helicoidal growing pattern.
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This termination has a "negative crystal" at the tip of his beveled pyramid, with well defined faces.
Down left there is a dark void space between tourmaline prism walls.
Both "holes" are partially filled with a late stage white mineral.
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Dark green / blue / black cap tourmaline with a very crumpled perimeter.
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Pakistan.
10,5 x 6 x 5 cm.
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Combination of prism faces creating a fold. A sub-parallel crystal took profit of it.
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Detail.
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