Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Commune, Betafo Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov.,
3.5x 2.9 cm
Another specimen of matrix
main crystal is double terminated and intact, and has a deep purplish
Again, I cannot stress
enough how difficult it is to find pieces like this. The
last time I was in Madagascar, I was only able to find one purple
crystal on matrix of this quality, and this time I obtained fewer than
the price I am sure you could get something flashier from Afghanistan
or perhaps even California, but then again, those pieces are
is what Madagascar is famous for, and in my opinion, the polychromes
and the purples represent the finest examples of this material.
Madagascar produces black tourmalines with clear tips and the
occasional lightly-colored tourmaline on matrix, these are some of the
hardest to find.