Spodumene (Var: Kunzite), Montmorillonite

Specimen ID: 4V8-42D

Mineral(s)
Spodumene (Var: Kunzite) : LiAlSi2O6
Montmorillonite : (Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2·nH2O
Locality
Mindat locality:
Dimensions
3.7cm x 3.6cm x 2.4cm
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3.7 x 3.6 x 2.4 cm. An old-time Pala District kunzite specimen from the 1960s or earlier from the Burton Jirgl Collection (circa 1960s). Five gemmy, pretty pink kunzite crystals to 1.3 cm are set in the top of montmorillonite clay matrix. The kunzites have a nice lilac color looking down the C-axis. Jirgl was probably hiding the true locality name for this piece, as there is no Ashley's Gem Mine in San Diego County. A classic and rare San Diego County pegmatite combination specimen.
Robert Lavinsky - 27th April 2010

Photo added to mindat.org

3.7 x 3.6 x 2.4 cm. An old-time Pala District kunzite specimen from the 1960s or earlier from the Burton Jirgl Collection (circa 1960s). Five gemmy, pretty pink kunzite crystals to 1.3 cm are set in the top of montmorillonite clay matrix. The kunzites have a nice lilac color looking down the C-axis. Jirgl was probably hiding the true locality name for this piece, as there is no Ashley's Gem Mine in San Diego County. A classic and rare San Diego County pegmatite combination specimen.
Robert Lavinsky - 27th April 2010
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