Elbaite "Cityscape"
"The City Pocket.," Himalaya Mine, San Diego County, California, USA
Miniature, 3.8 x 3.0 x 2.6 cm
Ex. Ernest Schlichter
This wonderfully etched elbaite has a .3-cm green, transparent termination atop a rubellite core that is preferentially etched into skyscraper images. Once the crystal was formed, changes in the ph of the pocket fluids allowed the elbaite to undergo etching. This particular pocket, found in the early-1990's, is the most extreme of this type found at the mine and produced a limited number of specimens such as this with level terminations and intricate, city-like caverns internally. MUCH BETTER AND MORE 3-DIMENSIONAL In PERSON! This is a piece of "art!"