Spodumene (Var: Kunzite)
White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain (Heriart; Heriot; Hiriat Hill), Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.0 x 2.0 x 2.0 cm
A doubly-terminated crystal with extremely dark hot pink coloring along the c-axis (the long axis) for a San diego piece; and high luster as well. Shown in normal light on frontal axis...again, color much more intense from top or bottom but I don't want to misrepresent it as the color of the whole specimen by showing that view. It is an old specimen which first came to me almost 10 years ago and recently has come back in a collection I purchased (from a different person!). Such pieces were mined sporadically in San Diego since the late 1800's, but remain very uncommon even in the local collections. 6 x 2 x 2 cm