Tourmaline and Stilbite
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego Co., California, USA
Thumbnail, 3.0 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm
Ex. Irv Brown; William (Bill) Larson

Two doubly-terminated, lustrous and translucent, pink tourmaline crystals, to 2.9 cm in length, lean into each other aesthetically, as if holding one another up. The back side and terminations are coated with a layer of white stilbite crystals , to 7 mm across. This is a classic, but at the same time quite rare, association of species for the Himalaya Mine. Examples of zeolites with any tourmaline are uncommon, but when they do occur, it gives a nice contrast. Bill Larson collection, to Irv Brown collection. Complete 360 degrees.