Tourmaline, Albite, Quartz
Himalaya Mine (Himalaya pegmatite; Himalaya dikes), Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 7.1 x 7.0 x 5.3 cm
This is an interesting combo piece. On a matrix of quartz and albite var. clevelandite is a 3.5 cm tall, doubly terminated, lustrous, pink elbaite with a .3 cm thick rim of green. It sits smack dab in the middle, very nicely balanced on the matrix. The specimen is complete in front, though part of the quartz is broken in back, leaving the tourmaline tip freehanging as shown in the lower-right pic. I should say that it is stabilized (with a bit of glue). The base of the quartz is contacted and since it is flat makes a natural and perfect display base. 7.1 x 7 x 5.3 cm