Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Area, Vakinankaratra (Betafo) Region, Antananarivo Province,
1.3x 1.0 cm
bright tourmaline crystal. This piece is terminated, and the
very brightest magenta possible for a tourmaline crystal.
Perhaps there have been brighter pieces from Nigeria, but I have yet
to see an actual crystal of the stuff.
most common rubelites these days are from Afghanistan, the
"bubble-gum pinks" from there don't come close to matching