Spodumene (Var: Kunzite)
Pala Chief Mine (MS 6452; Chief Mine), Chief Mountain, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.6 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm
Ex. Bill and Carol Smith
A GORGEOUS, very GEMMY, pristine, doubly terminated lilac kunzite crystal from the famous Pala Chief Mine of California. The lilac color on this one is outstanding and this is cutting-grade material, throughout, dating probably to the Kunz era of gem exploration in the county in the early 1900s or to remining in the 1940s. The bottom termination is contacted, flat, but complete. It stands on its own, so this works out nicely! Note the very interesting, complex and multifaceted terminations on this piece and the two C-axis shots really show the intense lilac color. Any white spots you see ar ereflections as the color is uniform in person. Ex Bill Smith Collection. weight is hefty at 50 grams. 4.6 x 2.8 x 2.4 cm