Fresnoite on Analcime
Junnila mine, New Idria District, San Benito Co., California, USA
Miniature, 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.25 cm
A 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm fresnoite crystal stands dramatically upon contrasting matrix here! Fresnoite is among the rarest of the San Benito County mineral suite, perched on contrasting matrix of small analcime crystals! The world's best fresnoites, undisputedly came from a small region near the benitoite mine in this region, in particular the Junnila Claim. This is from the find of Scott Kleine in about 2002, called the "4th of July Pocket." It resided in his collection for some time, and I always felt it was one of the better miniatures in the find (and thus for the species) .