Tourmaline is actually the name of a large group of closely related minerals. For gem quality tourmaline, we are primarily thinking of the elbaite variety (named after the island of Elba where it was first studied). Elbaite is the most colorful variety. The other types are lesser known. The first tourmalines were found in Brazil and Sri Lanka by explorers in the 1500s. Today, most of the finest tourmaline come from Brazil and Africa. Next to fluorite, it is considered the most colorful of all mineral species.
This viewing room is dedicated to tourmaline. Here in this room, you will see some of the most spectacular examples from several localities. Please check back as we will add new specimens as they become available.