Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 6.0 x 4.6 cm
Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California, USA
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
Wow! Any large hexagonal crystal of morganite from San Diego is a rarity, and desired. Few come from any mine but the White Queen during the mid to late 1900s. But this one comes from a mine generally known only for tourmalines, and thus this was a freak find there (dug by Edward Swoboda and Bill Larson in the early 1980s and kept for their company collection). It is the only one like it I have seen, and is really quite a distinct, 3-dimensional crystal in person. It has a rich pink color. The surface is mildly etched, but still retains clear hexagonal symmetry and has great luster - the etching just makes it more reflective in a case. 361 grams. NOTE THIS CRYSTAL is etched on the bottom, but completely a floater now because of that dissolution growth under it...complete all around!