Tourmaline var. Liddicoatite
Commune, Betafo Dist., Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Prov.,
3.5x 3.7 cm
I mentioned in the introduction, good matrix specimens are hard to
find. This piece does not come from the Tsarafara locality, so
the feldspar matrix has not crumbled away.
is a deep purple, lustorus and terminated liddicoatite crystal on
matrix. Tourmaline is what Madagascar is famous for, and in my
opinion, the polychromes and the purple-pinks represent the finest
examples of this material.
like this are incredibly rare. To begin with, tourmalines in
this color range are only known from a couple other localities (Jonas
Mine, Brazil and Malkhan, Russia) and Malagasy pieces like this one
just do not make come up for sale, especially on matrix.