Beryl (Var: Morganite), Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.8 x 5.5 cm
Morganite from the Mesa Grande District of California, which includes the famous Himalaya Mine, is rarely available. A 2.5 cm rosette of lustrous, gemmy to translucent, pastel-pink, compound morganite crystals is very aesthetically set front and center in a fine cluster of intergrown, euhedral, translucent smoky quartz crystals. This excellent, older piece has an excellent provenance, having been in the collection of prominent California collector and dealer Thomas W. Warner. Warner, born in 1915, was a very active collector and dealer from the 1930s until his death in 1955. He is said to have assembled the finest California pegmatite collection of the time. The label for this specimen is featured in Thomas Warner's Mineralogical Record Biographical Archive.