Tourmaline With Lepidolite And Albite (Floater)
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 10.8 x 4.2 x 3.4 cm
Ex. Chuck Houser
This is a REALLY fine, large crystal of classic Himalaya Mine rubellite, showing a lustrous basal termination at one end (top here) and a multiterminated prismatic tip at the other (shown down here as he mounted it). It has one clean repair, well done, at the join where the albite is. This contact repair is not detracting nor readily visible. It is otherwise complete all around and displays well from all sides. This is a significant piece for the size and overall quality from a mine that really was, in its day, the single most important longterm-production tourmaline mine in the County. It is now closed, sadly.