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TGMS 2008 - The Tourmaline Queen Mine

Last Updated: 6th Apr 2008

By Jolyon Ralph

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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.

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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:

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The 'Rabbit Ears'


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Another view of The 'Rabbit Ears'


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Elbaite from the Jim and Gail Spann collection


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Elbiate on Albite - Roz and Gene Meieran collection


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Elbaite with Morganite - Bill Larson collection


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






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