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Mt. Mica: a renaissance in Maine’s gem tourmaline production

The Mt. Mica area in southwestern Maine has been mined for tourmaline and other pegmatite gems since the 1820s.

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Liddicoatite Tourmaline from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar

Liddicoatite, a calcium-rich lithium tourmaline, was recognised as a separate mineral species in 1977, and named in honour of Richard T. Liddicoat.

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An Update on “Paraíba” Tourmaline from Brazil

“Paraíba” tourmalines continue to be recovered in small amounts from north-eastern Brazil.

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Sri Lanka: The Gem Island

An overview of the many types of gem-quality material, and its inclusions, currently found in Sri Lanka.

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Spectral Differentiation Between Copper and Iron Colourants in Gem Tourmalines
Spectral Differentiation Between Copper and Iron Colourants in Gem Tourmalines

The authors used Vis-NIR spectral measurements combined with LA-ICP-MS data to investigate the usefulness of absorption spectra.

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Copper-bearing tourmalines from new deposits in Paraíba State, Brazil

Two new deposits of Cu-bearing tourmaline have been found in Paraíba State, Brazil, not far from the original source at Mina da Batalha.

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“Paraíba”-Type Copper-Bearing Tourmaline from Brazil, Nigeria, and Mozambique
“Paraíba”-type copper-bearing tourmaline from Brazil, Nigeria and Mozambique: chemical fingerprinting by LA-ICP-MS

Gem-quality bright blue to green “Paraíba”-type Cu-bearing tourmaline is now known to be found in deposits in Africa (Nigeria and Mozambique), in addition to three commercial localities in Brazil (in Paraíba and Rio Grande do Norte States).

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Yellow Mn-rich Tourmaline from the Canary Mining Area, Zambia

The most important source of yellow gem elbaite is the Canary mining area in the Lundazi District of eastern Zambia.

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Solution-Generated Pink Colour Surrounding Growth Tubes and Cracks in Blue to Blue-Green Copper-Bearing Tourmalines
Solution-Generated Pink Colour Surrounding Growth Tubes and Cracks in Blue to Blue-Green Copper-Bearing Tourmalines from Mozambique

Several transparent, faceted, blue to blue-green copper-bearing tourmalines containing growth tubes and cracks surrounded by sleeves of pink colour were examined for this report.

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Trapiche Tourmaline from Zambia

Green tourmaline from north-western Zambia show a growth pattern reminiscent of trapiche emerald/ruby when sliced perpendicular to the c-axis.

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