Cryo-Genie Mine, Warner Springs, San Diego, California, USA
Cabinet, 12.1 x 5.3 x 3.7 cm
Ex. Robert E. Reynolds
$12,500.00 Payment Plan Available
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Cryo-Genie was a small mine worked by the Gochenour brothers and friends in the 1990s into the early 2000s. It produced amazing material in a few pockets only, most were barren of tourmaline. The mine eventually shut down and is now gone forever. We doubt it can even be accessed again. Specimens today are few and far between, mostly in a few local collections. We have had the honor to be involved with CG production through the 1990s and its lifetime, selling major pieces back when they came out. However, now we only get them as the last few San Diego County collections come to market. This is from the significant suite of Bob Reynolds, former curator of Earth Sciences at San Bernardino County Museum. He also provided financing for the CG venture, and his specimens, such as this, were never seen by others! Although this at first looks Afghani in origin, especially with the two colors together, it is a significant San Diego County crystal at 276 grams, and is complete all around, like a rocket, and so colorful and beautiful! These will be remembered as a really unique style for San Diego County. And if Afghani, it could be twice the price anyhow, and yet of less significance. For an American tourmaline, it leaps out with impact. It has one clean repair with minor restoration at the bottom tip, which is done very well and cleanly to modern standards (4 cm from bottom), and which makes it doubly terminated for a nice display as a Dt, at an angle. However, that could easily also be removed, leaving the top 8.5 cm standing completely unrepaired and unrestored - unusual for this size.