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English: Elbaite
Locality: Tourmaline Queen Mine (MS 6458; Tourmaline Queen No. 3), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala; Queen), Pala District, San Diego County, California, USA (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: miniature, 5.5 x 4.8 x 4.2 cm
Tourmaline var. Indicolite (with Sinkankas' signed/inscribed book)
A fine San Diego indicolite, which is rare in such size and condition anyhow, but the history here is so interesting. Note how the piece was passed from one major collector to another, through decades. John Sinkankas even sketched the piece on the inside cover. A watercolor painting shown on the inside is from the same pocket, and a group photo shows this piece, as well. Chuck purchased the book, having actually tracked down the book from Barlow's grandson, Chris Dearing, after Mr. Barlow had passed away. Barlow never sold the book when he sold the collection, keeping it for himself: it stayed in his personal library as his own copy. This is pedigree aside a very fine indicolite for San Diego which has only rarely produced pure end-member indicolites of any quality. As a side note, there is an association of manganocolumbite on the bottom of the specimen. Ex. Chuck Houser, David Wilbur, John Barlow, and John Sinkankas Collections.
Deutsch: Elbait
Fundort: Tourmaline Queen Mine (MS 6458; Tourmaline Queen No. 3), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala; Queen), Pala District, San Diego County, Kalifornien, Vereinigte Staaten (Fundort bei mindat.org)
Größe: 5.5 x 4.8 x 4.2 cm
Date before March 2010(2010-03)
Source Image: http://www.irocks.com/db_pics/pics/ch06e.jpg, Description: http://www.mindat.org/photo-259968.html
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