Tantalite, Quartz, Lepidolite
Elizabeth R. Mine, Chief Mountain, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 6.5 x 4.3 cm
A UNIQUE, RARE and very SHOWY combination specimen from the Elizabeth R. Mine on Chief Mountain. A cluster of three, sharp, lustrous, dark gray tantalite crystals to 1.4 cm are aesthetically nested on quartz-rich matrix covered with lepidolite, smoky quartz crystals and a scattering of cleavelandite blades. The large, translucent, DOUBLY TERMINATED smoky is 3.5 cm and has an undamaged, frosted termination. Ex. Chris Korpi Collection.