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Benitoite - gemmy crystals on Natrolite
Benitoite Gem Mine, Iridia, San Benito Co.
California, United States
7.4 x 6.9 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $480


An older, choice Benitoite specimen with several deep inky blue gem crystals contrasting with the matrix. There is certainly more good Benitotite within the Natrolite but as is this has a nice display. The color on several crystals is super. A few tiny transparent orange Joaquinite crystals are also seen on close exam. The old Schortmanns label for this piece gives a late 1940's vintage though this is possibly a pre-WW2 specimen. This is from the type locality for both Benitoite and Joaquinite. Top Benitoites have become incredibly expensive, this is not a top piece but it is not a four to six figure price either, a very good value for the quality.




Benitoite - gemmy crystals on Natrolite
Benitoite Gem Mine, Iridia, San Benito Co.
California, United States
7.4 x 6.9 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $480


An older, choice Benitoite specimen with several deep inky blue gem crystals contrasting with the matrix. There is certainly more good Benitotite within the Natrolite but as is this has a nice display. The color on several crystals is super. A few tiny transparent orange Joaquinite crystals are also seen on close exam. The old Schortmanns label for this piece gives a late 1940's vintage though this is possibly a pre-WW2 specimen. This is from the type locality for both Benitoite and Joaquinite. Top Benitoites have become incredibly expensive, this is not a top piece but it is not a four to six figure price either, a very good value for the quality.