Tourmaline (Var: Rubellite), Lepidolite
Stewart Mine (MS 6162; Stewart Lithia), Tourmaline Queen Mountain (Pala; Queen), Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 7.5 x 5.6 cm
This massive rock of solid lepidolite is classic Pala material: it features radial bursts of translucent pink crystals of tourmaline, embedded in the matrix. There are dozens of crystals here, measuring to two centimeters. This rich specimen came out of an old collection - it is hard to obtain this today, and although massive and embedded, they make for very pretty pieces nonetheless.