Benitoite & Neptunite
    Dallas Gem Mine, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California, USA

    California made Benitoite the State Gemstone - just about the time that the supply ran out. Typical. The demand for this uber-rare gem continues to command increasingly greater attention from collectors around the world. Combination plates, like this one, are exceedingly desirable. This specimen displays sapphire blue Benitoite, and jet black Neptunite, against a pure white layer of Natrolite. The Benitoites are atypically free from damage and range in size up to 0.43 inches (1.1 cm). There is a large double-terminated Neptunite that is 1.3 inches (3.4 cm) in length. It is brilliantly lustrous, as are its companions, and, out of a couple of dozen crystals, only a very few are dinged. This rare specimen is in excellent condition.
    Overall Measurements: 4.8 x 4.4 x 1.1 inches (12.3 x 11.3 x 2.8 cm)

    Provenance: Ex. Dr. Raul & Helen Madrid Collection

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    4th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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