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Benitoite

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Description
Locality: 
San Benito, San Benito County, California, United States of America
Class: 
Single Crystal
Size Range: 
Thumbnail (1-3cm)
Size: 
1.4 × 1.4 × 0.7 cm
Description

Textbook floater benitoite crystal. The specimen features an excellent triangular habitus, very lustrous faces and an overall blue-grey color. At the tips, the gemminess is evident. An interesting feature is given by the negative structure at the centre of the crystal. It does look like a hoppering, and there is a second generation recrystallization which appears to be in parallel with a set of the main crystal faces (visible in the second and fourth picture).

Among the oddest benitoite crystals I have ever handled, it comes in a good color and quality. An excellent quality piece, it comes in its Perky box. Now very hard to find as the locality is defunct.

Mineral Data
What's on the rock

Benitoite

Formula: 
BaTi(Si3O9)
Strunz: 
9.CA.05
Crystal System: 
Hexagonal
Hardness: 
6.0 - 6.5
Type Locality: 
California State Gem Mine (Dallas Gem Mine; Benitoite Mine; Benitoite Gem Mine; Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California, USA

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