Spodumene Var. Kunzite
Beebe Hole Mine, Mt. Tule, Jacumba District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.5 x 4.0 x 2.0 cm
Ex. William (Bill) Larson
A superb miniature from a spectacular, lucky, freak find in the late 1970s. Much was sold as facet rough but some specimens were retained by the finder for many years. I and others bought them in the late 1990s. This is an outstanding piece because it has a REAL TERMINATION that is sharp, uncommon for County, and it has intense color. Also uncommon for any mine hereabouts but the old Chief. The best small specimen I have seen from the Beebe Hole (and I have been to Loren Beebe's home to see the lot, mind you). This is one of the few County pieces that would fool most folks into believing it was from Afghanistan or Brazil at twice the price. As a US specimen, a sharp kunzite of this quality should command more of a level of interest and I rate it very highly on all counts.. Fool your friends...