Corundum (Var: Sapphire)
Small Cabinet, 7.3 x 6.0 x 4.0 cm
Zazafotsy Quarry (Amboarohy), Zazafotsy Commune, Ihosy District, Horombe Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
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.