MSR16 Topaz
Mt Ibity, Antsirabé 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
6.9x 2.8x 2.7 cm
$395

An unusual etched topaz crystal from the same find that produced the blue bicolored specimen also on this update.  This piece shows multiple "peaks" and good form.

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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