Corundum (Var: Sapphire)
Zazafotsy Quarry (Amboarohy), Zazafotsy Commune, Ihosy District, Horombe Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 6.0 x 4.0 cm
This is one of the best examples of the recently found polychrome sapphire specimens from Madagascar, for both size and quality. I exchanged it directly from Dr. Federico Pezzotta who collected it while doing research there. It features three excellent, sharp, lustrous, prismatic, hexagonal crystals of a bluish-purple color with distinctive pink zones perched smartly on schist matrix. The striking, doubly terminated crystal with the pink termination is 2.6 cm. There are also pieces of reddish-brown sapphires next to the purple ones.