MSR10 Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Tsarafara, Sahatany Valley, Sahatany Pegmatite Field, Ibity Area, Vakinankaratra (Betafo) Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
3.8x 3.5x 3.3 cm

A bright and terminated pinkish-red tourmaline on matrix.  As I've mentioned in other descriptions, good matrix specimens are quite difficult to come by in Madagascar-- there is a lot of tourmaline, but most of it either comes from localities with crumbly decomposed pegmatites, or it gets broken off.

This piece has great color-- you don't see such intensity from Pakistan and Afghanistan, and I would say it is most comparable to the best colored material from Nigeria or Brazil.

I took extra pictures of this one-- the internal fractures make it a bit difficult to see the sharp crystal form, so I wanted to make sure the crystal faces were clearly visible.

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