Spodumene (Var: Kunzite)

Specimen ID: 9TV-G2E

Spodumene (Var: Kunzite) : LiAlSi2O6
As recorded:
Hiriart Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA
Mindat locality:
11.9cm x 4.7cm x 1.2cm

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This 167-gram crystal has incredibly good form and terminations for a San Diego kunzite. It has rich Pala-quality color down the c-axis (as does the fatter crystal below) though is sharper in form overall. Hiriart Hill is around the corner from the actual Pala Chief Mine but is more or less the same area and this locality was also an important producer of gem-grade cutting material in the early years of the 1900s when specimen and gem mining in San Diego provided much of the world's supply of the new species kunzite. Another important old kunzite, this one from the collection of Robert Linck (1905-1970). 11.9 x 4.7 x 1.2 cm
Robert Lavinsky - 30th November 2000
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