red, well terminated tourmaline from the Malchan pegmatite field in
Eastern Siberia. There is no damage; all the edges are sharp and the
faces intact. The
Malchan deposit is actually a fairly recent discovery, having been
discovered southeast of Lake Baikal (near the Mongolian border) in 1980.
The locality has been producing in small amounts since, though on a
scale far smaller than either the Brazilian or Afghan tourmaline
deposits. I will also add that the "warmer" colored
tourmalines (reds, yellows, oranges) are known from fewer deposits than
the greens and blues (which account for the bulk of the Afghan/Brazilian
production.) To my knowlege the main producers of these colors are
currently Malchan (where this one is from), and the various pegmatites
in Madagascar and Nigeria.
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