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tourmaline family

I think this should list the tourmaline group and its species, like elbaite, liddicoatite etc, with the varieties (as rubellite) of them listed below them in a tree like manner. --Doos 09:40, 11 December 2006 (PST)

Go nuts, I just listed what I could think of off of the top of my head (with a little help form Gemstones of the World...)Put in what you think should be there, and I will insert templates to be filled--Africanuck 14:13, 11 December 2006 (PST)

  • Perhaps we should avoid the error which was made on Wikipedia regarding tourmaline and it's nomenclature, elbaite, etc. Maybe Schumann in his book calls tourmaline a "family, " I haven't seen the latest edition, but calling it a "family" rather than a group is going to raise a lot of objections in the future if I am not mistaken. Tom Goodwin, G.G. 23:59, 29 January 2007 (PST)
Yes "group" is much better. A logical sequence would be: Group - Species - Variety --Doos 09:46, 30 January 2007 (PST)
Very Good. A systematic approach to this chemically complex gemstone is the only way to go! Tom Goodwin, G.G. 13:28, 31 January 2007 (PST)