MQA25 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Anjanabonoina , Ambohimanambola Commune, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
2.0x 1.4x 0.1 cm

A very beautiful matched pair of liddicoatite slices from Anjanabonoina, the locality famous for producing the best sliceable liddicoatites.  Ironically, when you see these before being worked, they tend to be rather unappealing and dark.

Whoever cut this thing possessed excellent skill was was very frugal.... he (or she) must have known it was a good crystal, because it is sliced very thinly (just under 1 mm.) 

I am not sure what the going rates are for these things-- I may very well be asking a high price, but I purchased almost a pound of these things, and this was my favorite pair.  Backed with a bit of silver (or another lightly colored reflective material) they would make a stunning pair of earrings.

The slices are mounted in a perky box, hot glued to a bit of white card stock to better show their color.  I removed them to re-position the crystals with no problem, but if you are feeling especially cautious a quick immersion in rubbing alcohol will loosen them nicely.  The given dimensions are of a single slice.

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