Dims: 2.4x2.0x0.5" (6.0x5.0x1.4cm)
Wt: 1.10 oz. (31.1g)
Benitoite Gem Mine, New Idria District, San Benito County, California, USA
This specimen has 4 benitoite crystals exceeding 1cm in length, and a dozen tiny ones. Some of the smallest have excellent form, but the larger crystals all are distorted and coated with some of the matrix from the "other" side of the cavity. There are two small neptunite crystals at one end with perfect form and color, but the interesting neptunite crystal appears weathered to a brown color, it attached to the largest of the benitoites, and the fractured surfaces at one end is a deep red and flashes intensely red from some angles when viewed with a loupe.