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PostPosted: May 29, 2011 15:19    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Rubellite from Stewart Mine:


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Elbaite var. rubellite, in lepidolite matrix.
Stewart Mine, Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA.
Specimen size 80 x 85 x 50 mm.
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PostPosted: Jun 04, 2011 07:48    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

My benitoite tree from California.


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Benitoite
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
Specimen size 5.8 x 2.2 cm.
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PostPosted: Jul 04, 2011 09:53    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

This specimen has an interesting history...Found by Louis Spalding and traded in 1990 to Bill Larsen; Bill sold it in 1991 to Andreas Guhr (Hamburg, Germany); Andreas Guhr sold it to Cal Graeber (California) in 2004.

It consists of numerous Alpine-type, gemmy, transparent, light smoky Quartz crystals with a slightly tabular habit are resting in a bed of snowy Albite. Two black lustrous Schorl crystals, one fully terminated measuring 42 x 18 mm, and the other measuring 22 mm across are nestled in the Albite. This Schorl is not terminated -- it was broken during pocket growth. Many lustrous, gemmy, red-orange Spessartine garnets, the largest measuring 19 x 17 mm provide notable accents. Small Spessartines form inclusions within some Quartz crystals.



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 Description:
Spessartine with Schorl and Quartz on Albite
Little Three Mine, Ramona District, San Diego County, California, USA
160.0 x 113.0 x 70.0 mm
 Viewed:  22134 Time(s)

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 Description:
Spessartine with Schorl and Quartz on Albite
Little Three Mine, Ramona District, San Diego County, California, USA
160.0 x 113.0 x 70.0 mm
 Viewed:  22125 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 04:50    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

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 Description:
Fluorite
Felix Mine, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, USA
7.2 x 10 cm
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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 11:26    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

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PE730-2.jpg
 Description:
Mercury, Cinnabar
Socrates Mine, Castle Rock Springs area, West Mayacmas District, Mayacmas Mts (Mayacamas Mts), Sonoma Co., California, USA
72 x 52 x 41 mm
 Viewed:  21767 Time(s)

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 Description:
Mercury, Cinnabar
Socrates Mine, Castle Rock Springs area, West Mayacmas District, Mayacmas Mts (Mayacamas Mts), Sonoma Co., California, USA
72 x 52 x 41 mm
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PostPosted: Dec 21, 2011 06:58    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  




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Baryte
Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles Co., California
8.9 x 6 cm
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PostPosted: Dec 21, 2011 22:21    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

I must add a few pegmatite minerals myself:


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 Description:
Spodumene, var. Kunzite
Oceanview Mine, Pala District, San Diego County, California, USA
11.3 x 3.2 x 2.0 cm
 Viewed:  21590 Time(s)

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 Description:
Tourmaline, var. Schorl, in sugary-white Albite
White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, California, USA
schorl crystal is 6.0 x 1.5 cm in larger matrix
 Viewed:  21555 Time(s)

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 Description:
Spodumene, var. Kunzite, in Montmorillonite matrix (stabilized)
Hiriart Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, California USA
crystal is 4.1 x 2.8 x 1.8 cm; overall specimen is 5.0 x 4.7 x 3 cm
 Viewed:  21720 Time(s)

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 Description:
Spodumene, var. Kunzite (shards) altering to Montmorillonite within Quartz
White Queen Mine, Hiriart Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, California, USA
4.9 x 3.9 x 1.3 cm
 Viewed:  21608 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Jan 25, 2012 00:42    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

This is the best specimen to come from the commercial mining effort completed in 2004 by John Seibel, Steve Perry and myself when I owned the mining claim. The specimen is 11.9 cm in its longest dimension, and the largest linarite is a complex crystal group approximately 4 cm in length. This one I decided to keep.


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 Description:
Linarite, Quartz, Mottramite
Chance Mine, Mono Co., California, USA
11.9 cm
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PostPosted: Mar 03, 2012 01:57    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Here is some more kunzite from the California pegmatites:


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Spodumene, var. Kunzite,
Oceanview Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA
faceted stones of 32 and 35 carats;crystal is 4.0 cm long.
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PostPosted: Mar 17, 2013 18:48    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

A pale double terminated smoky quartz with tourmaline and lepidolite.


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 Description:
Tourmaline, Quartz, Lepidolite
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
6.5 x 4.3 cm
 Viewed:  19323 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2013 00:35    Post subject: Dumortierite and Kyanite  

The picture doesn't do them justice.


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Dumortierite, Kyanite
Imperial Co., California, USA
dumortierite- 5 cm
kyanite- 20 cm
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PostPosted: Nov 11, 2013 18:53    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Etched tourmaline from the Cityscape pocket.


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Tourmaline
Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California, USA
2.0 x 3.5 cm
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2014 19:27    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

A superb gem quality transparent pinkish-purple loose striated kunzite crystal. Complete all around - this is a floater with no points of attachment. No damage. Very fine, especially for the locality. Ex Lloyd Tate collection. Now in my San Diego County Collection. Photos and Description by Dan Weinrich. Most likely from the Pala Chief mine but the label does not say that.


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 Description:
Spodumene var. kunzite
Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
7.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm
 Viewed:  17259 Time(s)

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Spodumene var. kunzite
Pala District, San Diego Co., California, USA
7.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm
 Viewed:  17278 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 12, 2014 07:25    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

The quartz with elbaite ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/qtztourmaline1_149.jpg ) is really a fine and beautiful specimen, wow!
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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2016 03:10    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Tobi wrote:
The quartz with elbaite ( https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/files/qtztourmaline1_149.jpg ) is really a fine and beautiful specimen, wow!
Another elbaite/quartz specimen from that mine, unfortunately not in my own collection ;-)


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 Mineral: Elbaite, Quartz, Feldspar
 Locality:
Himalaya Mine, Gem Hill, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California, USA
 Dimensions: ~ 20 cm
 Description:
Collection Terra Mineralia, Freiberg (my photo)
 Viewed:  12774 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2017 14:52    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Cinnabar from California:


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 Mineral: Cinnabar
 Locality:
New Almaden District, Santa Clara County, California, USA
 Dimensions: Specimen size ~ 8 cm
 Description:
Collection Mineralogical Museum Marburg (my photo)
 Viewed:  10781 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2020 05:46    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Three years since the last post here, far too long ;-)


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 Mineral: Borax
 Locality:
Boron, Kramer District (Kramer Borate District), Kern County, California, USA
 Dimensions: approx. 30 cm
 Description:
Collection Mineralogical Museum Marburg (my photo)
 Viewed:  818 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2020 07:00    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Just thought I'd toss this one in from my collecting days in CA. It is a specimen of needle aragonite I found circa 1988 in a vein in serpentinite in the Northern California Coast Ranges.


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 Mineral: Aragonite
 Locality:
Northern California Coast Ranges, California Coast Ranges, California, USA
 Dimensions: 8x7x2 cm
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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2020 07:09    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

And here's another one of my finds from my collecting days in California. This one is a calcite stalagmite from a large vug in marble from near Felton in the Santa Cruz Mountains SW of San Jose, collected circa 1985.


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 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Felton, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 10x8x5 cm
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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2020 12:15    Post subject: Re: A mineralogical trip through the states of USA - California  

Fluorite on quartz from the Felix Mine, near Los Angeles. Although fluorite is not uncommon around the state, the Felix Mine has been one of the only sources of significant specimens.


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 Mineral: Fluorite on Quartz
 Locality:
Felix Mine, Azusa, San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 7x4x3 cm overall size
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