Malagasy Liddicoatite Tourmaline TN's


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18L01 Liddicoatite Tourmaline with Quartz
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
1.7x 1.7x 1.2 cm
$115

A thumbnail sized specimen of purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of cherry colored crystals that was discovered late at year.


This crystal is not complete all around, but displays well form the front (as shown.)










18L02 Liddicoatite Tourmaline with Quartz
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
2.1x 1.2x 1.3 cm
$160

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.













18L04 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
1.9x 1.7x 1.45 cm
$140

A thumbnail sized specimen of purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of cherry colored crystals that was discovered late at year.


This crystal is not complete all around (notably a chip on the top right) but displays as shown.












18L05 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
2.0x 1.3x 1.5
$135

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.  There is a chip on the top right.













18L06 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
1.75x 1.35x 1.25 cm
$95

A double terminated polychrome liddicoatite crystal; it has hints of greens and pinks, though like virtually every polychrome out there, it needs a bit of backlighting for the colors to be fully appreciated.











18L07 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.6x 1.55x 1.35 cm
$120

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.









18L08 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.65x 0.95x 0.9 cm
$95

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.









18L09 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.5x 1.2x 0.8 cm
$110

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.  This one is particularly gem/ vibrant!











18L10 Danburite
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.9x 0.4x 0.3 cm
$50

A cute little thumbnail specimen of danburite with a screw dislocation.  The crystal is terminated, but I've mounted it with the termination facing downwards as this allows the screw dislocation to be seen best.  From Anjanabonoina, purchased in the village closest to the pegmatites.









18L11 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
1.7x 1.55x 0.9 cm
$85

A nice thumbnail sized crystal of light pink liddicoatite, the grades to green at the termination.









18L12 Spodumene var. Kunzite
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
3.0x 2.2x 1.5 cm
$165

A very good thumbnail of Malagasy kunzite.  You see faceted examples from the country, but only rarely do you come across a crystal with good color.  This one shows excellent overall crystal form, is quite gemmy, and has a good termination.  About as good as you can hope to get for a Malagasy kunzite-- it looks more Brazilian, in terms of form (though with lighter color).









18L13 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.35x 0.9x 0.7 cm
$85

A nice thumbnail sized example of liddicoatite tourmaline that grades in color from a reddish pink to a very thin green layer near the termination.







18L14 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.7x 1.25x 1.05 cm
$90

A thumbnail sized specimen of purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  









18L15 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
3.1x 0.75x 0.65 cm
$80

A spray of dark liddicoaite tourmaline crystals with green and pink sections.









18L16 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
2.1x 0.7x 0.75 cm
$100

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.









18L17 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.3x 0.8x 0.4 cm
$65

A nice example of a terminated, slightly flattened liddicaotite crystal from Mt. Ibity.









18L18 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.3x 1.15x 1.1 cm
$135

An incredibly vivid liddicoatite crystal with a thin greenish zone in the middle.  This is what Afghans try to achieve by irradiating their tourmalines to death, and the color on this piece is STILL brighter, despite being natural.  The crystal is not complete, but it displays well from the front and the color is just incredible.











18L19 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
1.9x 0.8x 0.7 cm
$45

A nice, terminated pink liddicotite crystal from Mt. Ibity.







18L20 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraa
1.4x 0.9x 0.8 cm
$60

A thumbnail sized specimen of  pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of good colored crystals that was discovered late last year.









18L21 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.2x 1.2x 1.3 cm
$90

A nice polychrome liddicoatite crystal from Mt. Ibity.  It appears a bit dark, though with even the slightest amount of backlighting the beautiful internal colors are revealed.  









18L22 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
1.2x 0.85x 0.85 cm
$55

A beautiful little thumbnail sized liddicoatite crystal, that grades fro, a purplish pink near the base, to yellow at the termination.







18L23 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaa
1.15x 1.1x 0.85 cm
$58

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.







18L24 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaa
1.2x 1.15x 1.0 cm
$64

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.







18L25 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Manapa pegmatite Field, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
1.35x 0.95x 0.85 cm
$68

A deep purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline form the Manapa pegmatite field, the area best known for its rhodizite-londonite specimens.  This piece has the distinctive and rather unique color of liddicoaties from the area, and displays the characteristic steep termination as well.









18L26 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaa
1.35x 1.1x 1.05 cm
$68

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.







18L27 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaa
1.3x 1.3x 0.95 cm
$70

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.









18L28 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.1x 0.8x 0.6 cm
$80

A nicely terminated liddicoatite crystal from Mt. Ibity, with hits of green and pink.







18L29 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaaa
2.0x 1.0x 1.0 cm
$85

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year. Etched on the top, contacted on the back/ sides but displays as shown.









18L30 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.1x 1.0x 0.75 cm
$70

A beautiful spray of incredibly vibrantly colored liddicoatite crystals from Madagascar.  A cute little thumbnail, especially for the price.  This color is what folks in Afghanistan and Pakistan irradiate pastel Paprok pieces hoping to get-- though somehow even the treated pieces never seem to match the best colors from Madagascar.  Actually, the only other area that I've ever seen remotely close coloration occur naturally is from Southern California, and even those aren't common.







18L31 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaaaa
1.5x 1.1x 0.95 cm
$85

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline with a bit of matrix attached, from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, his locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.  There is some chipping on the top tight, but it displays as shown.







18L32 Zircon
Vakinankaratra Region, Madagascar
2.0x 1.7x 1.55 cm
$38

A cute little thumbnail with a zircon crystal nicely sitting on matrix.  It's very unusual to find matrix zircons from Madagascar-- I am always offered loose crystals, but this is one of the first well formed matrix examples I have seen.  For that reason, I'm offering it here as an interesting reference, even though it is a bit on the small side.







18L33 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascaraaaaa
1.6x 1.55x 1.0 cm
$85

A thumbnail sized specimen of saturated purplish pink liddicoatite tourmaline from recent finds at the famous Anjanabonoina pegmatites.  Although one of the oldest and best known localities for Malagasy tourmaline, this locality has been somewhat sleepy for the last several years, producing intermittent phenacite, danburite, and larger, dark crystals for slicing.  This comes from a recent pocket of deep colored crystals that was discovered late last year.







18L34 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.6x 2.4x 0.9 cm
$115

A very well formed example of liddicotite tourmaline form Mt. Ibity.  This one is a flattened polychrome crystal that (like most) looks dark without backlighting, though you can see hits of pink and green.  With backlighting, the color is predominantly green.   The crystal is a doubly terminated floater, and an excellent example of this material.







18L35 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
1.3x 1.25x 1.0 cm
$50

A nice, thumbnail-sized cluster of purplish pink liddicoatite crystals from Madagascar.







18L36 Grandidierite
Tranomaro Commune, Amboasary District, Anosy Region, Tuléar Province, Madagascar
2.25x 0.85x 0.45 cm
$85

A crystal section of the exceedingly rare borosilicate grandidierite, from the 2016 find in southern Madagascar.  This species has long been considered one of the world's rarest gems. Not terminated (hardly any of them are) but it has good color and excellent faces.







18MA64 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
1.65x 1.25x 1.0 cm
$165

A beautiful, terminated liddicoatite tourmaline with excellent color from Anjanabonoina.







18MA66 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
1.9x 1.45x 0.7 cm
$150

A very beautiful thumbnail, consisting of a cluster of doubly terminated liddicoatite tourmalines on a bit of matrix.







18MA67 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Mt. Ibity, Antsirabe 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.6x 0.5x 0.5 cm
$145

A sharply terminated gem tourmaline with a pink cap and a green band in the center.







18MA68 Liddicoatite Tourmaline
Anjanabonoina pegmatites, Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascara
2.3x 1.45x 1.3 cm
$175

A terminated raspberry colored tourmaline from Anjanabonoina.  Excellent color, contacted on the reverse.









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