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Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA - Photo Gallery

YJ8-K0XTourmaline (Var: Indicolite) : A(D3)G6(T6O18)(BO3)3X3Z

Maple Lode Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 4.9 cm x 0.4 cm x 0.4 cm

An exceptionally gemmy Maple Lode indicolite, from a locale which has sprodaically produced just a very few pockets of gem crystals over 30 years. Usually, they are purple or dark blue. This shade of bright blue is quite unusual and desirable! This is a slender crystal ending in a multiple termination atop. However, if you turn it upside down and stand it on its head so the broken-off and deceptively flat bottom is now the top, you'd never know it wasn't terminated and it displays even better ! Mined in the late 1980s. 4.9 x 0.4 x 0.4 cm

Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 29578     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 634   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 167 x 600 pixels (0.1 Mpix)

1G8-UQ5Topaz : Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2

Mountain Lily Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 59 mm x 35 mm x 72 mm

A natural vivid blue topaz crystal displaying tabular habit, having minor albite inclusions; from the Emeralite mine, Aguanga Mountain district, San Diego County, California, USA. Specimen measures approximately 59x35x72mm. Courtesy Pala International, Fallbrook, San Diego County, California.
Copyright: © 2003 SLR      Photo ID: 65232     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 579   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 601 x 649 pixels (0.4 Mpix)

Caved Main Adit

Mountain Lily Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Panoramic view from south to southwest picturing Erik Cordova and Edward Swoboda in front of the main adit. The caved highwalls mark the sites of the old underground portals. Still images captured from Sony Hi8 video source tape. May 2001.
Copyright: © 2001 SDMC      Photo ID: 126631     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 633   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 190 pixels (0.2 Mpix)

Bunkhouse Ruins

Mountain Lily Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Panoramic view from west to northwest picturing the ruins of the once lovely rock and concrete bunkhouse, meticulously constructed by Ware and his crew, which even featured an ornamental wishing well on the north (front) side of the building for use by the miners and occasional visitors. The structure was intermittently occupied until underground operations ceased around 1945. Over the years, fires and vandalism have threatened to obliterate the bunkhouse (site). Still images captured from Sony Hi8 video source tape. May 2001.
Copyright: © 2001 SDMC      Photo ID: 126632     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 553   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 518 x 257 pixels (0.1 Mpix)

Wishing Well

Mountain Lily Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Looking south at the ruins of the rock and concrete bunkhouse, and the ornamental wishing well in front of the building. Still image captured from Sony Hi8 video source tape. May 2001.
Copyright: © 2001 SDMC      Photo ID: 126633     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 402   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 320 x 240 pixels (0.1 Mpix)

View in Blue Topaz pocket

Mountain Lily Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Caption: "LEFT: View in Blue Topaz pocket, 50 feet in length by 20 feet in width. RIGHT: Extracting Blue Topaz from Gem Pocket." Reprinted from the bimonthly periodical Gems & Gemology, Vol. I, No. 8, March—April, 1935, page 218.
Copyright: © 1935 J. W. Ware      Photo ID: 144903     Uploaded by: Scott L. Ritchie   View Count: 1135   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 475 x 622 pixels (0.3 Mpix)

DGQ-LYWTopaz : Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2

Mountain Lily Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Dimensions: 7.1 cm x 5.5 cm x 3.4 cm

7.1 x 5.5 x 3.4 cm. While not pristine, this is a major, fairly important locality topaz crystal for the county. It has great color, really even ore intense sky blue than you'd expect from the more famous Little Three Mine elsewhere in the county. It has more intensity and more lustre, in fact. Ex. Pala International/William Larson Collection.
Copyright: © Rob Lavinsky      Photo ID: 192099     Uploaded by: Robert Lavinsky   View Count: 423   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 657 x 800 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

LNY-3M9Fluorapatite : Ca2Ca3(PO4)3F, Spessartine : Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3, Albite-Anorthite Series, Quartz : SiO2

Multiple photos available
Maple Lode Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

This 3 cm. chunk of Albite and Quartz matrix contains a tiny gemmy 1 mm. Spessartine crystal and two anhedral pink Apatite crystals (roughly 1 cm.), which in normal white light can barely be seen. Just left of center and near upper right corner.
However, when I switch on the shortwave UV light, they fluoresce a brilliant yellow. (See second and third photos, below.)
The specimen was collected in rubble on the southern slope of Aguanga Mountain directly downhill of the adit of the old Maple Lode Mine, which currently is fenced and posted. It almost certainly eroded out of the pegmatite above.
Copyright: © g.slak 2008      Photo ID: 198189     Uploaded by: Greg Slak   View Count: 438   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 600 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

WKJ-NK0Spessartine : Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3

Maple Lode Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

This image is a photomicrograph of a 1mm. Spessartine crystal in a larger matrix of Albite and Quartz.
The specimen was collected in rubble on the southern slope of Aguanga Mountain directly downhill of the adit of the old Maple Lode Mine, which currently is fenced and posted. It almost certainly eroded out of the pegmatite above.
It was photographed digitally through the microscope at 30X.
Copyright: © g.slak 2008      Photo ID: 198313     Uploaded by: Greg Slak   View Count: 211   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 600 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

2MP-MFNSchorl : Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH), Spessartine : Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3, Muscovite : KAl2(AlSi3O10)(OH)2, Quartz : SiO2

Maple Lode Mine, Aguanga Mountain, Oak Grove, Aguanga Mountain District, San Diego Co., California, USA

Shown is a closeup image, approximately 5mm. wide, of a Schorl fragment containing minor Muscovite and Quartz and three gemmy Spessartine crystals, the largest being about 1.6mm.
It was shot digitally through the microscope at 10X.
The specimen was collected in rubble on the southern slope of Aguanga Mountain directly downhill of the main adit of the old Maple Lode Mine, which currently is fenced and posted. It almost certainly eroded out of the pegmatite above.
Copyright: © g.slak 2008      Photo ID: 198315     Uploaded by: Greg Slak   View Count: 308   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 800 x 600 pixels (0.5 Mpix)
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