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Pezzottaite from Madagascar

Pezzottaite is a rare Cesium-rich member of the Beryl group. It is named after Dr. Federico Pezzotta and was approved by the IMA in September 2003. These specimens are from the type locality in Ambatovita, Madagascar. Pezzottaite crystals are a beautiful, vibrant, purplish-pink color. It is found in association with Microcline, Quartz, Albite, Tourmaline species (Schorl, Elbaite, Liddicoatite), Spodumene, Lithian Muscovite, Chiavennite, Danburite, Spessartine, Zircon, Pyrochlore, Cassiterite, Hambergite, Mn-hydroxides, and Chalcedony.

This is definitely one of the most beautiful and highly publicized new minerals in the last few years. This material is now virtually mined out and there may never be any more specimens from Madagascar in the coming years. The gem value of this material has gone through the roof over the last few years, and with the supply of good matrix Pezzottaite specimens dwindling, these are certain to go up in value. I know, considering the extreme rarity of these specimens, that they are very fairly priced, and are virtually irreplaceable at these prices.

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Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 150 Ha.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 150 Hb.JPG]


No. B 150 H - SOLD

Pezzottaite on matrix

Locality: Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar

Specimen Size: 1.2 x 0.8 x 0.7 cm (thumbnail)
largest xtl. 3 mm


This little thumbnail specimen hosts a fine little well formed pink crystal of Pezzottaite on matrix.



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Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Ba.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Bb.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Bc.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Be.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Bd.JPG]


No. B 152 B - SOLD

Pezzottaite on matrix

Locality: Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar

Specimen Size: 2.9 x 2.2 x 1.9 cm (thumbnail)
Largest crystal: 6 mm.


This is an usual specimen with several gemmy, pink, prismatic crystals on a "cast" after an unknown species.



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Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Ea.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Eb.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 152 Ec.JPG]


No. B 152 E - SOLD

Pezzottaite on matrix

Locality: Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar

Specimen Size: 2.5 x 1.6 x 1.0 cm (thumbnail)
Largest crystal: 8 mm.


Considerably larger crystals on this specimen with great form and color. A good size specimen for the price.



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Pezzottaite on Albite from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Aa.JPG] Pezzottaite on Albite from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Ab.JPG]


No. B 151 A - SOLD

Pezzottaite on Albite

Locality: Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar

Specimen Size: 5.5 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm (small cabinet)
Largest crystal: 2 mm


This piece has small pink crystals on Albite.



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Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Fa.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Fb.JPG]


No. B 151 F - SOLD

Pezzottaite on matrix

Locality: Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar

Specimen Size: 4.5 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm (miniature)
Largest crystal: 1 mm.




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Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Ia.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Ic.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Ib.JPG] Pezzottaite on matrix from Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar [./MadagMix1105/B 151 Id.JPG]


No. B 151 I - SOLD

Pezzottaite on matrix

Locality: Sakavalana pegmatite near Ambatovita, 140 km southwest of Antsirabe, Madagascar

Specimen Size: 4.2 x 2.6 x 2.2 cm (miniature)
Largest crystal: 2 mm.


There are some nice gemmy partial crystals on Schorl matrix on this specimen.



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