Dims: 2.1 x 1.4 x 0.6" (5.3 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 12.4 g
Benitoite Mine, San Benito County, California, U.S.A.
This is the first Benitoite specimen that I have seen from the Benitoite Mine- all others came from the Gem Mine. All three crystals on this thumbnail specimen are at least slightly broken and incomplete. The largest has dimensions of 0.8 x 0.8 x 0.4" (2.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 cm) and appears to be less than 50% complete, with large fresh breakage surfaces. Oddly, the least complete crystal has the least amount of fresh breakage on its surface. Only the two larger crystals show any discernable hexagonal form, and this form occurs only as a few incomplete faces and edges. All have a moderate, patchy blue coloration and a vitreous luster, but are cloudy and translucent. They rest on a small amount of a dull, pale gray host rock that is partly encru