Tourmaline Var. Liddicoatite on Quartz & Clevelandite
Camp Robin area, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
Cabinet, 10.7 x 7.7 x 6.8 cm
This very rare matrix liddicoatite specimen features a 3.5-cm crystal, doubly-terminated, perched in a matrix of crystallized cleavelandite and quartz. The crystal is very gemmy, so that you can look into it and through most of its depth. The termination is phenomenally sharp. The display aesthetics of this very gemmy, lustrous crystal are great! Rarely do you see one on good matrix, from this classic locale. Older specimen, probably from the early 2000s and not a recent find. Joe Budd photos.