1.6" XLSteelBlue BENITOITE Sharp Triangular Crystal +Crossite Benito CA for sale
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Here's a great specimen of sapphire blue BENITOITE on NATROLITE and CROSSITE that came from the world-famous benitoite mine in San Benito County, California. The mine, now named the California State Gem Mine by owner David Shreiner, has not been worked since the area was closed in 2005. I acquired this specimen from former owners John Veevaert and Steve Perry, who brought out small loads of dump material and processed it to uncover the spectacular neptunite and benitoite crystals which made this locality an American classic. This piece is from a particularly impressive lot of new material they brought to the 2012 Tucson Gem, Rock and Mineral Show. Because I made an appointment well in advance, I was the first to pick from the new material on the morning it arrived in town. Besides the "usual" selection of benitoite and neptunite on white natrolite matrix, there were a few very noteworthy large single crystals like this one, which is an excellent example of this rare mineral.
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