Toenail, 2.8 x 2.7 x 1.1 cm
Sakavalana Pegmatite, Ambatovita, Antsirabe, Madagascar
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.