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RM2680   Andradite, var. melanite

California State Gem Mine, New Idria Mining District, Santa Rita Peak, San Benito Co., California, United States

Brilliant black andradite crystals, var. melanite, on contrasting light matrix. Well defined faces and edges. Very aerial. From the former Joan Astor collection (Barcelona).


Size: 4.8 x 2.2 x 1.4 cm.
Found in ± 1976.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Classic locality


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RM2516   Benitoite

California State Gem Mine, New Idria Mining District, Santa Rita Peak, San Benito Co., California, United States

Very good size crystal of benitoite, a rare barium and titanium silicate, rich in faces, highlighting those of the trigonal dypraramid, together with those of the hexagonal dypyramid and the pinacoidal faces. Intense color and translucent. It has a small dent in one edge, common in these specimens without affecting the aesthetics of the specimen. On matrix.


Size: 5 x 4.1 x 3.6 cm.
Main crystal: 1.6 cm.
Found in ca. 2003.

Col. Marí-García (Castelló) #0.520
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