Elbaite on cleavelandite

Elbaite is a variety of tourmaline named after the island where Napoleon 1st spent his initial exile before returning to final defeat at Waterloo. Since then it has turned up all over the world, in stunning examples like the lush 21 x 15 x 14 cm piece mined in 2001 in the pegmatite fields of Brazil depicted in the photo. The largest single crystal is 11cm, and the matrix is mostly a variety of sodium rich bright white Albite feldspar with some additional patches of purple lepidolite mica and crystals of quartz.


Image credit: Joe Budd/Rob Lavinsky/


Colour: white or greyish-white. 

Found in: worldwide locations

Named after Parker Cleaveland, a professor of geology and mineralogy at Bowdoin College in Maine during the early 1800s.  Cleavelandite is a bladed form of Albite Feldspar.

Health:  Good with rheumatics. Aids stress related conditions.  Carry or wear at all times when suffering from allergies. Good at relieving asthma symptoms when carried

Starsign: Libra.

Chakra: Crown.


Dana’s New Mineralogy, 8th ed., 1997, by Gaines,

Maine Mineralogy, V.-I, 1994, by V. King & E. Foord.

Maine Mineralogy, V.-II, 2000, by V. King.

Photograph: taken from Mindat, copyright © Rob Lavinsky &

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