The tourmaline family encompasses eleven minerals all with a ring arrangement of silicon, boron, and oxygen. Elbaite is a member of the tourmaline family, with a chemical composition of Na(Li,Al)3Al6(BO3)3Si6O18(OH)4. The pink variety of elbaite is called rubellite. All tourmalines have the special property called piezoelectricity. This means that they can acquire an electric charge when struck by an object, or subjected to high pressure, such as the shock wave from an explosion.
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