Morganite/Aquamarine on Albite
Cabinet, 9.4 x 5.0 x 4.2 cm
Elizabeth R Mine, Pala, California, USA
Ex. Chris Korpi
A very RARE morganite from this small mine better known for aquamarines and the occasional tourmaline! The crystal measures 5 cm across and has a very pleasing pink color to it. However, on closer inspection this specimen shows both blue and pink zoning, and the effect is more pronounced in person where you can clearly see blue when looking down the c-axis. This is exactly similar to the famous piece of same provenance known as "The Pala Princess" which has been pictured in Sinkankas' books and noted as a very unique specimen. It has excellent luster and is mostly translucent, if not transparent per se. For the mine, this is exceptional. It was collected by mine owner Roland Reed in 1982.