||SOLD Tourmaline v. Liddicoatite
West of Ogbomosho, Ibadan area
Oyo State, Nigeria
8.5 x 3.6 CM (cabinet)
A very large and impressive deep red Liddicoatite from finds made over 20 years ago in Nigeria. Deep red with a purplish cast, this crystal has glassy faces, and is eyecatching especially in good light. This location briefly produced a small number of "eluvial" gem crystals from a soft, decomposing matrix. This was not the same as alluvial material that has been transported in a stream and then rounded on the crystal edges, but is a type of weathering in place. This example has some edges that show rounding and roughness, but the crystal is complete, very well striated and has wonderful deep color. These are impossible to find on the market today and this is a very good example.