Siberite (variety of Elbaite, Tourmaline)


Discovered in 1799; IMA status: Not Valid (a variety name)




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Siberite is a variety of Elbaite, Tourmaline.
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Da'ourite, Daurite, Daurite of La Metherie, Red Schorl of Siberia, Siberite of Lermina

Type Locality:

Soktuj Gora (Mount Soktuj), Adun-Cholon Range, Nertschinsk (Nerchinsk) Mines, Buriatia (Buryatia) Republic, Transbaikalia (Zabaykalye), Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia

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Siberite is an obsolete term for a lilac, lavender, violet or violet-red to purple variety of Elbaite, Tourmaline. It was named in 1799 by C. Lermina for an occurance in Siberia. It was originally described as an opaque variety of Rubellite but later became a description for any lavender to purple variety of Tourmaline.

Siberite was originally described from Mount Soktuj, Adun-Cholon Range, Nertschinsk Mines, Buriatia Republic, Transbaikalia, Eastern-Siberian Region, Russia. Siberite has been found in a few localities around the world. One source of rare Siberite gems is Sao José da Safira, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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