Thumbnail, 1.8 x 1.5 x 0.1 cm
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, San Diego County, California, USA

Stibiotantalite is a very uncommon species in this pegmatite, and these orange-red gem crystals are always highly treasured among collectors there. This is a fine thumbnail, about as good as it gets for sharpness, condition, color, and obvious gemmy transparency. I do not think there is better quality of this species from any US locality and, in this size and beauty, I cannot think of transparent crystals from any other locale either.

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