TOURMALINE - north of Kimmirut, Nunavut (southern Baffin Island)
A small amount of transparent, gem quality, tourmaline (either dravite or uvite) was discovered in 2003 near Soper Lake, north of the hamlet of Kimmirut, Nunavut. Several complete centimetre-sized crystals and a limited quantity of crystal fragments were collected. When viewed perpendicular to the c-axis this tourmaline is a medium orange brown colour and when viewed parallel to the c-axis it appears dark brown to extremely dark brown. Depending on how these gemstones are oriented with respect to the c-axis they can show either colour.