Elbaite, Quartz, Albite

Specimen ID: Q6E-H5A

Elbaite : Na(Li1.5Al1.5)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
Quartz : SiO2
Albite : Na(AlSi3O8)
As recorded:
Little Joe No. 2 adit, Stewart Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Pala, Pala Mining District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Mindat locality:
11.5cm x 9.1cm x 8.4cm

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11.5 x 9.1 x 8.4 cm. This is a San Diego County specimen so outstanding, so atypical, that one at first thinks it must be Afghani. It is a purple-capped, gemmy, matrix tourmaline from the famous old Stewart Mine: Mined 6/11/88 from a pocket in the roof of the Little Joe II tunnel of the Stewart Mine. The specimen was found on the floor of the tunnel minus the top of the main quartz crystal. Week later, the miners searched the pile of rubble building up on the tunnel floor under the pocket and located the top of the quartz crystal, now repaired (fairly cleanly) back on the specimen. The tourmaline itself is not repaired, only the quartz termination flanking it. The tourmaline is pristine on the display face, though contacted and missing a bit on the rear-right side. This is a superb display specimen and a unique San Diego County piece, with great pedigree. I have not seen another example of the purple caps from Stewart, rare as they are, on matrix and so large. Chuck has added this comment to the draft: “This specimen was collected prior to Blue's involvement. Lynn Agabashian was running the shop at the time and Jose was doing the mining…By the way, this was the first ‘serious’ SD Co specimen I purchased, directly from Lynn and Gems of Pala, in 1988.” Ex. Chuck Houser Collection.
Robert Lavinsky - 27th October 2009
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