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English: Albite, Quartz
Locality: Little Three Mine (Little 3), Ramona District, San Diego County, California, USA (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: cabinet, 11.5 x 9.1 x 8.4 cm
Purple-Capped Tourmaline, Quartz, Albite
This is a San Diego County specimen so outstanding, so atypical, that one at first thinks it must be Afghani. It is a purple-capped, gemmy, matrix tourmaline from the famous old Stewart Mine: Mined 6/11/88 from a pocket in the roof of the Little Joe II tunnel of the Stewart Mine. The specimen was found on the floor of the tunnel minus the top of the main quartz crystal. Week later, the miners searched the pile of rubble building up on the tunnel floor under the pocket and located the top of the quartz crystal, now repaired (fairly cleanly) back on the specimen. The tourmaline itself is not repaired, only the quartz termination flanking it. The tourmaline is pristine on the display face, though contacted and missing a bit on the rear-right side. This is a superb display specimen and a unique San Diego County piece, with great pedigree. I have not seen another example of the purple caps from Stewart, rare as they are, on matrix and so large. Chuck has added this comment to the draft: This specimen was collected prior to Blue's involvement. Lynn Agabashian was running the shop at the time and Jose was doing the miningBy the way, this was the first serious SD Co specimen I purchased, directly from Lynn and Gems of Pala, in 1988. Ex. Chuck Houser Collection.
Deutsch: Albit, Quarz
Fundort: Little Three Mine (Little 3), Ramona District, San Diego County, Kalifornien, Vereinigte Staaten (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 11.5 x 9.1 x 8.4 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/pics/ch05b.jpg, Description: http://www.mindat.org/photo-259965.html
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