Tourmaline (Var: Rubellite)
Sahatany Pegmatite Field (Mt Bity (Ibity) area), Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Miniature, 3.3 x 2.5 x 2.2 cm
Madagascar has produced some attractive Tourmaline specimens over the years. These specimens seem to be dwindling fast, due to political upheaval combined with the fact that the pegmatites which produce these specimens are running dry according to Dr. Federico Pezzotta, who collected this specimen personally in Madagascar. It features a lovely, translucent, cranberry color "Rubellite" crystal perched atop additional "Rubellite" with minor Smoky Quartz.