My principle dealer in Africa has gotten to know my weaknesses. And really red tourmaline is one of them. I was rather frustrated that I had not been able to be in on the scene when the big find of reddish tourmaline was made in Nigeria. I knew some of that abundance was still floating around and I believe that is a piece from Nigeria that my dealer was able to get for me. It has the purity of color and freedom from inclusion that just has to say Nigeria.
This oval is darkly toned with a flash driven color. And what a color it is. Red as the reddest rose in my garden. It is also eye clean and with fine crystal. I actually have a bigger Rubellite, (high quality red tourmaline) in the collection, but he will always be Big Red to me. It weighs 9.98 red carats.