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New Mineral Specimens 1

Updated June 16th 2019

 
 


Halite
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H-087  Halite  $50

Searles Lake, San Bernardino County, CA

9.1 x 7.8 x 5.4 cm

A very sculptural and three-dimensional specimen of Halite. The color of this specimen is natural, not dyed. These specimens owe their color to algae that is trapped inside the Halite crystals when they grow near the surface of the lake.


Colemanite pseudomorph after InyoiteColemanite pseudomorph after Inyoite
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C-278  Colemanite pseudomorph after Inyoite  $75

Boron, Kramer District, Kern County, CA

12.8 x 9.4 x 6.8 cm

A dramatically formed pseudomorph of Colemanite after a very large Inyoite crystal from Boron, California. This pseudomorph is shaped like a big, 3-dimensional "checkmark", when viewed at the proper angle and proudly rests on a clayey matrix. The pseudomorph and matrix surface are uniformly covered with lustrous, white, 3-4 mm, colemanite crystals. Although contacted in several areas, this is an important example of this material. This is rare material. I have only seen perhaps 5-6 examples of these pseudomorphs in over 30 years of collecting.


Artinite
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A-117  Artinite  $35

Artinite Pit, Picacho Peak, New Idria District, San Benito County, CA

2.4 x 2.6 x .3 cm

A radiating spray of the rather rare and lesser-known carbonate mineral, Artinite. People are usually surprised when told that it is a carbonate, because it has the appearance of several silicate minerals and forms in a somewhat atypical carbonate environment.


AquamarineAquamarine
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B-226  Aquamarine  RESERVED

Pack Rat Mine, Jacumba District, San Diego County, CA

2.5 x 1.3 x 1 cm

A double-terminated Aquamarine from Southern San Diego County. This etched Aqua is clearer than it appears in the photos and has no damage, just some areas of contact on its terminations. A nice locality piece from a remote, seldom seen locale.


TourmalineTourmaline
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T-324  Tourmaline  $60

Cota Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA

2.6 cm x 1.6 cm x 1.3 cm

A dark-green Tourmaline crystal from one of San Diego County's most elusive locations. This striated crystal has a good luster. Specimens of any mineral from this location are seldom-seen in collections, even those focused on San Diego County. The deposit was discovered in 1907 by Juan Mario Cota, who developed the mine between 1907 and 1910. This specimen was recovered in the mid 1990's.


Spessartine & Schorl with CleavelanditeSpessartine & Schorl with Cleavelandite
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Spessartine & Schorl with CleavelanditeSpessartine & Schorl with Cleavelandite
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G-147  Spessartine & Schorl with Cleavelandite  $165

Little 3 Mine, Ramona, Ramona District, San Diego County, CA

7.2 x 5.5 x 5.1 cm

A Specimen of bright-orange Spessartine crystals on a matrix of pale-blue Cleavelandite enveloping a 5.4 centimeter, terminated crystal of Schorl. Specimens of this material are extremely hard to get these days. Before the finds in China and in Tanzania, the Little Three was the only location producing orange Spessartine, with the exception of the rare instances when the occasional one was found in Brazil.


Calcite
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C-277  Calcite  $1200
Ex W. Larson collection

Hilton Deposit, Borrego Springs, San Diego County, CA

29 x 17.3 x 11.5 cm

A huge plate of large Calcite crystals of from south-eastern San Diego County.  This impressive specimen features bladed crystals of Calcite measuring up to 10 centimeters in size. Known by locals as "The Calcite Mine" this location was operated from 1942 to 1944 for the Polaroid Corporation to produce optic grade Calcite in order to make the Polaroid Optical Ring Gun-sight. The Calcite crystals fluoresce a light-hued red\pink color. This specimen was a part of my award winning mineral collection and was judged best specimen from San Diego County and wining the prestigious Josephine Scripps award in the mineral competition at the 2014 San Diego County Fair where there is some serious competition from local "heavy-weight" type mineral collectors. This location has been off-limits to collectors since 1974 when the area surrounding it was designated Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


Chalcedony geodeChalcedony geode
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AD-164  Chalcedony geode  $60

Turtle Mountains, San Bernardino County, CA

7.5 x 5.1 x 4.7 cm

A Chalcedony geode from the southeastern corner of the Mojave Desert.  Specimens from this location are hard-won and not common, especially ones with any color at all. This geode is light-pink in color and features a swirling, ribbed pattern on its exterior.


Hureaulite in phosphate noduleHureaulite in phosphate nodule
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H-086  Hureaulite in phosphate nodule  $125
Ex W. Larson collection

Stewart Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, CA

10.9 cm x 7.2 cm x 4.6 cm

An interesting, historic specimen comprising a solid phosphate nodule with layered Sicklerite (brown or black on outside), and Hureaulite (reddish to pink) inside. This was once thought to be a new species, and named in honor of the district as "palaite," though this name is now discredited. Still, this is an interesting historic oddity, and a mineralogically interesting specimen as such phosphate pods are rare in the Pala pegmatites. A must-have for any serious collector of pegmatite minerals. This specimen comes with a custom acrylic base.


Elbaite TourmalineElbaite TourmalineElbaite Tourmaline
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T-323  Elbaite Tourmaline (includes free book)  $300
Ex E. Rynerson collection

San Diego Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA

4.3 x 1.4 x 1.8 cm

A moderately-clear crystal of reddish-pink Elbaite from one of San Diego's lesser-known localities. This rare Tourmaline specimen has a notch in it due to another Tourmaline interfering with its formation. The crystal is also double-terminated and nearly pristine save for a couple of micro-chips on the bottom termination. Well-documented specimens of this material are near impossible to obtain. The San Diego Mine is located just to the south of the more prominent Himalaya Mine and was opened in 1899 and acquired around 1915 by Fred Rynerson and worked for several decades. His son Eugene resumed work on the mine in the early 1960's and continued until the mid 1980's. This specimen is from Eugene's personal stash and is accompanied by a label from the San Diego Tourmaline Mining Corporation. The specimen also comes with a copy of Fred Rynerson's book, Exploring and Mining Gems & Gold in the West, which among other ventures chronicles his mining activities at The San Diego & Himalaya Mines.


Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite
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G-148  Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite  $35

Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CA

5.5 x 5.4 x 3.3 cm

Here is an example of a specimen from a location in San Diego that is pretty much never represented in San Diego focused collections. Many collectors would like to have something from the Victor Mine but specimens are all but unheard of. Until recently even Mindat didn't have a single photo of anything from this mine. This Garnet is technically an Almandine-Spessartine. It sits in a matrix of Muscovite. The Victor Mine was never a huge producer, but has had a few significant finds over the years.


Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite
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G-149  Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite  $45

Victor Mine, Rincon District, San Diego County, CA

5.8 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm

Here is an example of a specimen from a location in San Diego that is pretty much never represented in San Diego focused collections. Many collectors would like to have something from the Victor Mine but specimens are all but unheard of. Until recently even Mindat didn't have a single photo of anything from this mine. This Garnet is technically an Almandine-Spessartine. It sits in a matrix of Muscovite and coarsely formed Albite. The Victor Mine was never a huge producer, but has had a few significant finds over the years.


Smoky Quartz
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Q-483  Smoky Quartz  $20

Cota Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA

5.9 x 3.6 x 2.9 cm

A Smoky Quartz crystal from one of San Diego County's most elusive locations. This specimen is fairly clear with only a few micro-sized chips near its termination. Specimens of any mineral from this location are seldom-seen in collections, even those focused on San Diego County. The deposit was discovered in 1907 by Juan Mario Cota, who developed the mine between 1907 and 1910. This specimen was recovered in the mid 1990's.


Schorl, Silica Pit, Morena Resevoir, Campo, San Diego County, CASchorl, Silica Pit, Morena Resevoir, Campo, San Diego County, CASchorl, Silica Pit, Morena Resevoir, Campo, San Diego County, CA
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T-325  Schorl  $40

Silica Pit, Morena Reservoir, Campo, San Diego County, CA

6.2 x 5.5 x 4.7 cm

An terminated crystal of Schorl From southern San Diego County. This is one of a few dozen crystals that I collected from the Northeast end of the peg just above the waterline of the Morena Reservoir in November of 1993. The rotten Feldspar was shot-through with mostly fragmented Schorl crystals up to 16inches in size. There are a few areas of contacting on the sides of the specimen. Material from this obscure location is impossible to get these days as the area near the Morena Dam has been off-limits since just after 9\11.


Microcline (Baveno-twin) with SchorlMicrocline (Baveno-twin) with Schorl
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Microcline (Baveno-twin) with SchorlMicrocline (Baveno-twin) with Schorl
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F-259  Microcline (Baveno-twin) with Schorl  $50

Naylor Rock, Vanderberg Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, CA

8.3 x 4.2 x 5.3 cm

A perthitic and Baveno-twinned Microcline from an area of the Vanderberg Mine known as Naylor Rock. this specimen is also coated by prismatic, unterminated crystals of Schorl. The Vanderberg mine is noted for the Quality of Kunzite and Morganite that was found in the early and mid 20th century. This location has been closed since 1992 when the secretary of the Interior awarded it to the Pala Tribe after declaring the mining claim claim as abandoned and invalid from the beginning, or void ab initio.


Spessartine Garnet on Albite
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G-150  Spessartine Garnet on Albite  $65

Pack Rat Mine, Jacumba District, San Diego County, CA

8.7 x 6.1 x 5.7 cm

An example of gemmy cinnamon-red Spessartine Garnets on Albite from Southern San Diego County. I found this specimen in 1991 while on a field trip with the San Diego Natural History Museum. The dike where these garnets occur is treacherous to collect from as it is on the very steep edge of the mountain overlooking Carrizo Gorge. Examples of material from this location is rarely seen for sale.


Purpurite & Lithiophyllite on Albite
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P-094  Purpurite & Lithiophyllite on Albite  RESERVED
Ex R. Trimingham collection

Pack Rat Mine, Jacumba District, San Diego County, CA

7.5 x 6 x 4 cm

A 4.5 centimeter crystal of Lithiophyllite that is partially replaced by the Phosphate mineral, Purpurite and coated by manganese oxides. I have only seen one other example of this material in all my years of collecting San Diego County minerals.


AmethystAmethyst
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Q-484  Amethyst  $40

Kingston Peak, Kingston Range, San Bernardino County, CA

5.8 x 4 x 3 cm

This specimen is from a location that has been known since the early 1900's when Tiffany & Co. developed this area for Amethyst to use in its jewelry. The location is a formidable place to dig at as the Mountain does not give up its treasures easily. This specimen was found in late 2010. A lot of the material from this find has unusual color-zoning, as if it started out as milky Quartz with oriented bands of light and dark-colored Amethyst and a final, micro-thin layer of clear Quartz.


Dumortierite
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D-030  Dumortierite  RESERVED

Dehesa Dumortierite Deposit, Dehesa, San Diego County, CA

5.4 x 4.7 x 4 cm

Several sprays of lavender-colored Dumortierite in Pegmatite matrix. This specimen fluoresces white. Dumortierite is a rare borosilicate. The Dehesa pegmatite is the only locality in San Diego County, where it is found.


Kunzite, Pala Chief Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, CAKunzite, Pala Chief Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, CAKunzite, Pala Chief Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, CA
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S-162  Kunzite  $285
Ex C. Houser collection

Pala Chief Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, CA

6.4 x 3.3 x .9 cm

An incredibly gemmy crystal of Kunzite. This Kunzite specimen has great color and displays well. The crystal is lightly etched and is complete all-around with no damage. This specimen came from the collection of noted San Diego collector, Chuck Houser. The Pala Chief mine has been the source of some of the finest Kunzite crystals ever found in southern California. The deposit was first discovered in May of 1903, and developed by several open cuts and minor underground works until mining ceased sometime around 1914. Occasional finds of Spodumene were made again in the mid 1960's, and occasional small finds still occur as a result of ongoing surface and underground mining operations.


Corundum variety SapphireCorundum variety SapphireCorundum variety Sapphire
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C-279  Corundum variety Sapphire  RESERVED

San Jacinto Mountains, Riverside, County, CA

13.2 x 14.4 x 8 cm

This specimen comes from the mountains of southern California where my friend, Dana Gochenouer, goes every now and then to harvest the mineral bounty that is to be had there. This area is considered among the best Corundum localities in the United States. This specimen consists of 4 grayish-blue terminated Corundum crystals on a matrix of Biotite Schist. The largest of which measuring 10.2 x 1.4 centimeters. This location had long been rumored to have large Corundum crystals, but until Dana and his late brother, Ken, pinned down exactly where the crystals occurred, did any see the light of day. When specimens were offered for sale, despite being repaired, they became instant classics and today are still highly desirable. Very few examples of this material are recovered that have more then one crystal on the matrix. This specimen has been repaired, which is typical for the size and quality.

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