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    LITTLE "JEWEL": BENITOITE
    Dallas Mine, San Benito County, California
    Benitoite has the dubious distinction of having been mined out just about the time that it was declared the Official California State Gem. All of which means that exceptional specimens like this one are going to be fought over on an ever increasing basis. Exceptional specimens tend to show certain things. They display complete; not broken, crystals. They haven't had all of the contrasting white Natrolite removed. The Benitoite shows good color and is not full of Crossite inclusions. The specimen seen here fulfills all of these criteria and in addition has some tiny Neptunite crystals in association. The ¾ inch Benitoite crystal fluoresces the typical blue under U.V. light. All in all, this is a fine example of a rare mineral destined to get a lot rarer. 2 ½ x 1 ½ x ¾ inches. Carter Rich label with a custom base.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    8th Sunday
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