Thumbnail, 1.9 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm
Dallas Gem Mine, San Benito County, California

A sharp benitoite crystal on just the right amount of sparing matrix. It is colorful, gemmy, and SHARP. Unfortunately, it has one repair about 1/3 down from the termination, and a hairline fracture still shows on close inspection. Nevertheless, it is gemmy, aesthetic, and has some intrinsic gem value as well, so we thought it worth buying when I saw it. If perfect, it would be a $5000 thumbnail, so with the repair, somebody gets a bargain as far as display quality and gemminess go.

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