Elbaite, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Stewart Mine (MS 6162; Stewart Lithia), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala; Queen), Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.1 cm
A historic, old-time, polychrome tourmaline with cleavelandite from the Stewart Mine. The highly lustrous, well-striated crystal is moderately translucent. The body is green, with both the glassy termination and base being a rich purple. The crystal is beautifully accented with pink highlights. The complete-all-around crystal is nicely complimented with bladed cleavelandite. The tourmaline is nearly pristine. The piece has a long hisory and excellent provenance. The piece was collected by the American Musuem of Natural History in New York City in the early 1900s. It was de-accessed in 1950 to Robert Hesse and later became part of Bill Larson's Pala International San Diego County Collection.