Feature Gems & Gemology, Fall 2007, Volume 43, No. 3

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. The Glorious mine has produced a limited amount of gem-quality material with a composition that is similar to the tourmaline from Mina da Batalha. Initial work at the second locality, known as Mineração Batalha, has not yet produced any gem-quality material.

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