Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 3.8 x 3.0 cm
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California, USA

This 174-gram crystal is an old piece from the Ralph Potter days of mining here, prior to Pala Intl acquiring the property in the 1970s. According to Bill Larson, the current owner of the mine, it was probably found in the late 1950s-1960s. The piece is very robust, with intense maroon-pink color to the body core - some of the most intense pink hue that the mine produces, in fact. The quality is very high, totally translucent to transparent throughout that zone, so that you can see your fingers through the crystal despite its depth. The Himalaya is not known for such gemminess in large fat crystals, generally, and this is remarkable for the size. The piece is a "glassy green cap" as local collectors would say. It has a flat green termination, that is glassy. Most "green caps" are matte finish or dull on the termination. There is a very small amount of minute edge wear on the termination, but nothing of consequence. It is complete all around. The bottom termination is crude, but complete, making this a floater. Liberated from an old German collection at the Munich show some years back. Joe Budd Photos