Spodumene (Var: Kunzite)
Beebe Hole Mine, Mt. Tule, Jacumba District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 11.9 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm
A big California kunzite, doubly-terminated (with the typical jagged terminations). It is translucent to transparent, with the pink color concentrated more towards the edges. San Diego County kunzites are of course prized far more than Afghani specimens, as they are a lot less common on the market. This is from a famous find of the late 1960s by Loren Beebe at a freak hole in the mountains, which never panned out into a larger deposit. Rare! Ex. Tim Sherburn collection.