Neptunite with Benitoite
Miniature, 5.3 x 3.1 x 2.2 cm
Dallas Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA

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Reclined aesthetically on a matrix of serpentine with white natrolite is a 4 cm long, black, prismatic Neptunite crystal with brilliant luster and reddish highlights. It is framed on either side by lustrous and translucent, bright blue Benitoite crystals, to 1.3 cm on an edge as well as a patch of snow-white Natrolite that hosts another small Neptunite crystal. This is a fine display quality example of this classic combo from a nearly defunct locality. The Dallas Gem Mine represents the best locality for both Neptunite and Benitoite. This is an elegant and fine specimen with dramatic appeal.

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