Tantalite, Quartz, Lepidolite
Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 10.3 x 4.6 x 3.2 cm
A UNIQUE and RARE CABINET combination specimen from the Elizabeth R. Mine on Chief Mountain. A sharp, 1.7 cm, lustrous, dark gray tantalite crystal rests on quartz-rich matrix covered with lepidolite and smoky quartz crystals. The large, translucent smoky is 3.5 cm and has an undamaged, frosted termination. I have never seen an Elizabeth R. specimen of this rare combination, especially the large tantalite! The back has been sawed to enhance display. Ex. Chris Korpi Collection.