MQA09 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Mt Ibity, Antsirabé 2 Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar
5.0 x 4.1x 3.6 cm
A doubly terminated polychrome liddicoatite crystal, on matrix. The overall composition and balance of the piece are quite nice. This one is a bit larger than most-- and also a bit thinner. The second quality is particularly nice, as extra thickness tends to mean darker color when it comes to these polychromes. With backlighting (as in the last image) it the colors come out quite nicely.
To find one of these on matrix is not the most common thing either, owing both to the geology of the area, and to the primitive methods of specimen extraction.