Tourmaline is a variety of Rubellite
(Elbaite) Tourmaline that is
named for its natural crystal growth shapes resembling
mushrooms. The "mushroom" shapes are botryoidal
aggregates consisting of radial sprays of pink crystals
up to about 1" wide and almost 2" tall.
These radial mushrooms are typically bright raspberry pink to burgundy red with black radiating centers. Analysis shows that
the black centers are Schorl Tourmaline. The
pink mushroom crystals are typically found on a matrix
of bright white, opaque Calcite
or white Quartz.
The contrast of bright pink radiating botryoidal mushroom
crystals on a bright white matrix makes for spectacular
collection pieces. Mushroom Tourmaline cabochons
with black radiating centers and bright
pink base colors are very attractive.
unusual Mushroom Tourmaline crystals were discovered
around 1993 at mines near the village of Khetchel, Molo quarter, Momeik Township, northeast of Mogok, Mandalay Division, Shan State, Burma
(Myanmar). These very unique crystals are said to be one
of the most unusual Tourmaline finds of all time.