Joaquinite-(Ce), Natrolite
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 6.2 x 4.5 cm
Dallas Gem Mine (Benitoite Mine; Benitoite Gem Mine; Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California
Joaquinite-(Ce) is an ULTRA-RARE silicate found in few world-wide localities. This showy and excellent specimen is richly covered with orange-brown joaquinite microcrystals to 1 mm on sculptural, snow-white natrolite veins in serpentinite matrix from the Type Locality, the famous Dallas Gem Mine. The 5 mm benitoite crystal is a nice accent. Ex. Charles Hansen Collection, a noted California collector.