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    LIDDICOATITE - "THE HAT"
    Tamponilapa, Sahatany Valley, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar

    All other things being equal, the Tourmaline with the more intense, saturated color will be the more valuable one. An appreciation for just how important this feature can be is to consider the actual per carat prices paid for Tourmaline. There are rough crystals that command prices in the tens of thousands of dollars per carat, and cut stones no bigger than a sparrows egg worth a quarter of a million dollars. Which is why this jewel of a specimen is so notable. The saturation of color seen in this piece is as good as it gets: magenta with a touch of orange under incandescent light, cherry red under daylight and 'cool white' fluorescents. Besides its insane color, the piece also had the good fortune to not be trashed by careless and sloppy mining. It shows brilliant luster and pristine condition of the main crystal faces. On the backside are a number of small Feldspar crystals, but, otherwise, no other minerals or matrix. It is the only crystal of this size and perfection to come from this mine - a real jewel. It is accompanied by a custom labeled base.
    Overall measurements: 1.6 x 1.3 x 0.9 inches (4 x 3.2 x 2.4 cm)

    Illustrated: Fong/Walker, M., Neumeier, G., & Walker, J. (Eds.). (2015). The World of Tourmaline: The Gerhard Wagner Collection. Dallas, Texas: Ivy Press. Back cover and page 184.
    Illustrated: von Rustemeyer, P. (2011). Die Farben der Turmaline. Turmalin II, extraLapis No. 41, M√ľnchen: Christian Weise Verlag. Page 35.


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