MGR15 Tourmaline, Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Ibity Area, Vakinankaratra (Betafo) Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
3.3x 1.3x 1.0 cm
A very 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.
The most common rubelites these days are from Afghanistan, the "bubble-gum pinks" from there don"t come close to matching this one.