SDL-07
Tourmaline "cityscape"
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 4.9 x 4.5 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
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At about a shocking pound in weight (397 grams), one of the largest known examples from this pocket of famous and totally unique San Diego tourmalines called by the locals "cityscapes" for the strange vertical patterns and etchings within, that makes some of them look like they enclose towers inside. Himalaya Mine has given us some really weird tourmalines, but these are in a class of their own and immediately recognizable in any collection if they turn up. This was one pocket in the 1980s, collected by Larson. He kept this for himself, not only one of the best but also the biggest complete crystal with no damage or repairs. It does not show as deep an etching pattern as others, but that is because of the sheer size. Most of them etch in so deeply, that the caps just fall off, leaving the freestanding "towers" and creating even more of the cityscape look that is more evident then, in these smaller specimens. Furthermore, this remarkable crystal is a floater, complete and doubly-terminated on both ends. Collected by, and from the important and long-held personal San Diego County Collection of William "Bill" Larson, longtime owner of the Himalaya Mine, discoverer of the famous Queen Mine BlueCap pocket, and numerous other San Diego mining projects over the last 60 years and more. This is a unique tourmaline from America, yes, but it is moreover unique in the larger world. This large Cityscape tourmaline is well known. It was in the American Minerals Treasures Himalaya Mine Case in 2008 in Tucson. It is therefore also pictured in the MR May/June 2008 edition page 184 (lowest shelf second from right).

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