The colors of the beautiful crystals of tourmaline from the Island of Elba and their zonal coloration have always attracted the attention of naturalists. Dolomieu (1) in 1798 examined the tourmalines of Elba described as “half white and half dark” Ottaviano Targioni Tozzetti (2) (the son of Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti, the great Tuscan naturalist of 1700) described for the first time the tourmalines of different colors that Lieutenant Ammannati collected when he was garrisoned on the Island of Elba.

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