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TUC12-664
Pezzottaite
Toenail, 2.8 x 2.7 x 1.1 cm
Sakavalana Pegmatite, Ambatovita, Antsirabe, Madagascar
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Pezzottaite, named after our friend Dr. Federico Pezzotta of Milan who brought it to light, is the only recently identified new species of beryl (2003). It is a red beryl with unique color due to Cesium, apparently. Large crystals were few and far between, and none have been found since 2005. This is a superb, complete crystal with robust color. Many crystals of this size were cut into cabochons which show a striking color and often a catseye pattern. This crystal is 11 grams. Shown here both with slight backlighting, and without.Joe Budd Photos.