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English: Liddicoatite
Locality: Minh Tien Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai (Yen Bai) Province, Vietnam (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: 8.5 x 7.6 x 4.7 cm.
For a brief time in the early 2000s we saw a few finds each year from Vietnam, of interesting tourmalines. Most were opaque and frankly just locality pieces, but this pocket took me by surprise (about 2005 if I recall). It features exceptionally glassy crystals in radiating sprays, with a hot pink core from which shoot out greenish-tinged secondary crystals. The color gradient is subtle and hard to describe in words, but I think obvious in the photo. This specimen is large for the style, has excellent overall form, and has excellent lustre. It has a small bit of attached mica on back (where it is contacted), and has some contact zones and minimal damage to the left side - but otherwise it is complete. The splayed-out nature of the habit is also well-developed here, making the piece more interesting than the typical "vertical stick" appearance of so many tourmalines. I have not seen more of this style in years now. Weighs 389 grams.
Deutsch: Liddicoatit
Fundort: Minh Tien Mine, Luc Yen, Yenbai Province, Vietnam (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 8.5 x 7.6 x 4.7 cm.
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source http://www.mindat.org/photo-280365.html


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