MSR14 Topaz
Mt Ibity, Antsirabé 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
6.1x 6.0x 3.3 cm

An unusual etched topaz crystal from the same find that produced the blue bicolored specimen also on this update.  There is a bit of reddish brown African dirt under the surface of the crystal that gives it the rusty color-- I've made it cheaper because of that, though the form is excellent.

Topaz is not very common in Madagascar-- for all the gem materials found on the island, good topaz is remarkably difficult to find. Although not an absolute measure of rarity, Mindat only has 6 photographs of Malagasy topaz-- that alone attests to the scarcity of the mineral there.

With that said, I've never seen another find of topaz like this from the country.

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