|Mineral class||Silicates : Cyclosilicates : Beryl - Tourmaline group.|
|Crystal system||Trigonal / Hexagonal.|
|Habitus||As rounded triangular striated crystals. Often as hexagonal crystals. Commonly as radiating aggregates. Also in compact and massive habitus.|
|Cleavage||Very indistinct, basally partening, fracture uneven to conchoidal.|
|Color||red, green, blue, colorless and all nuances inbetween. Many elbaites have more than one color in a single crystal.|
|Luster||Vitreous, transparent to translucent.|
|Description||Elbaite is the lithium rich member of the tourmaline family. Transparent tourmalines are used in jewellery.|
|Associates||Beryl, Topaz, Quartz, Feldspar, mica minerals, lithium minerals as spodumen, lepidolite, amblygonite.|
|Notes|| Insoluble in acids.|
Easier to fuse than schorl.
|Locations|| A mineral with a few good localities in Sweden.|
| To silicate index.
|| Mineral group index.
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