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TGMS 2008 - The Tourmaline Queen Mine

Last Updated: 6th Apr 2008

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Bill Larson in front of the case (which he organized) of Blue Cap Tourmalines from The Tourmaline Queen Mine, California - Tucson Show 2008


The Tourmaline Queen Mine, San Diego County, California is rightly famous for the spectacular blue-cap Elbaite tourmaline crystals found there.



Many of these specimens were collected by Pala International in 1972 - including this one, one of the most famous of these is the 'Rabbit Ears' which is currently in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Here are two views of it:

The 'Rabbit Ears'


Another view of The 'Rabbit Ears'


Elbaite from the Jim and Gail Spann collection


Elbiate on Albite - Roz and Gene Meieran collection


Elbaite with Morganite - Bill Larson collection


Blue Cap Elbaite - Bill Larson collection
Blue Cap Elbaites, Irv Brown and Rob Lavinsky collections
Blue Cap Elbaite - Bill Larson collection
Elbaite Tourmaline - collection not recorded
Blue Cap Elbaite - Bill Larson collection
Blue Cap Elbaites, Irv Brown and Rob Lavinsky collections
Blue Cap Elbaite - Bill Larson collection
Elbaite Tourmaline - collection not recorded
Blue Cap Elbaite - Bill Larson collection
Blue Cap Elbaites, Irv Brown and Rob Lavinsky collections
Blue Cap Elbaite - Bill Larson collection
Elbaite Tourmaline - collection not recorded






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Comments

Jolyon, you are doing an amazing job of putting together these case photos. Thanks for all you do. Gail

Gail Spann
16th Mar 2008 8:58pm
That Elbaite with Morganite is fantastic.

J. Wingard
20th Mar 2008 9:58pm
WOW! Really Amazing Five Cap Tourmaline with Morganite and the Rabbit Ears!, im thinking in a "Jackalope" Ears XD

Steffan Giadach Axt
5th Aug 2008 5:13am

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