Benitoite (huge crystal on matrix)
Dallas Gem Mine area, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California, USA
Miniature, 5.5 x 5.1 x 4.8 cm
This remarkable large benitoite crystal recently came out of a private collection, and is the largest robust crystal of this size and quality together, that I have personally seen. The crystal measure 3.5 cm tall and across, and is 1.7 cm thick. It stands isolated on a natural pedestal of hard rock matrix, and is viewable 360 degrees all around, with equal appeal. A small secondary crystal sits behind it. I know the whole history of the specimen, and it was etched out of its matrix by a friend who is the only previous owner, so I can guarantee that it is natural and not "assembled" despite its too-good-to-be-true look. Overall, because of the incredible size and presentation quality of this deep blue crystal, this is one of the most important USA specimens I have ever handled, and among the most important benitoite specimens around - ever - in my opinion. Price on Request. Featured as a FULL PAGE photo in the recent "Kalifornien" (California Minerals) book published by ExtraLapis in Germany (issue #50)