Spodumene (Var: Kunzite)
Pala Chief Mine (MS 6452; Chief Mine), Chief Mountain, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 12.9 x 3.4 x 2.5 cm
Kunzite from the famous Pala Chief has always been the most intense and desired of San Diego kunzite localities (and San Diego is the type locality in fact, for this variety of spodumene, dating back to around 1900). This is a large, elongated crystal showing pointed, elongated terminations at each end; though there is a little damage if one looks very closely at the details of the complex crystallization there. It is extremely gemmy and transparent, and although a nice pink in normal lighting, it glows hot pink when lit with light aligned down the c-axis. Such crystals are rare today, generally coming out of old collections. Weighs 121 grams.