Benitoite Neptunite

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US112 - Benitoite with Neptunite $ 1800
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
thumbnail - 3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112a.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112b.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112c.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/us112d.jpg]

Single Neptunite rising up between three Benitoites. The right Benitoite is very transparent. Undamaged. Very hard to find in this quality and aesthetic arrangement. .


AR37 - Benitoite $ 120
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California
miniature - 3.8 x 2.2 x 1.1 cm


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Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/AR37a.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/AR37b.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/AR37c.jpg] Benitoite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/AR37d.jpg]

Benitoite crystals were occasionally found as 'floaters' that had weathered out of the host crossite amphibole rock matrix. This is an example of a single large crystal with blue-gray color and a rough surface caused by the amphibole inclusions. Even though it's not dark blue in color, it does have the same 'cornflower blue' fluorescent color when seen under shortwave UV lighting.


J477 - Benitoite with Natrolite on matrix $ 400
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California
small cabinet - 6.0 x 4.0 x 1.9 cm


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Benitoite with Natrolite on matrix from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/J477a.jpg] Benitoite with Natrolite on matrix from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/J477b.jpg] Benitoite with Natrolite on matrix from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County, California [db_pics/pics/J477c.jpg]

Over a dozen cornflower blue color Benitoite crystals are seen on a white Natrolite covered matrix. This is a classic, ultra-rare example of Benitoite with fully terminated crystals and no damage. A small black remnant crystal of Neptunite sits on one side. The Benitoite crystals are highly fluorescent under SW Ultraviolet light.


TR105 - Benitoite $ 4500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 4 x 3 x 2.5 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/tr105a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/tr105b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/tr105c.jpg]

Two deep blue Benitoite crystals on white Natrolite over a schist matrix. Stunning example with a large 2.8cm crystal and a smaller 1cm crystal in front. Undamaged and hard to find specimen.


M659 - Benitoite $ 1500
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.8 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M659a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M659b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/M659c.jpg]

Deep blue Benitoite crystals to 1.8cm in size. Some have gem rough/transparent zones in their tips.


D276 - Neptunite $ 100
Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4 x 3 cm


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Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276a.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276b.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276c.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276d.jpg] Neptunite from Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/D276e.jpg]

Two Neptunite crystals to 15mm on a schist matrix. Both crystals are perfect, and the smaller crystal is doubly terminated.


CT256 - Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite $ 220
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 3.3 x 2 cm


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Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT256a.jpg] Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT256b.jpg] Benitoite with Joaquinite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT256c.jpg]

Highly etched but glassy, tabular Benitoite crystals to 1cm with black Neptunite crystals, small brown Joaquinite crystals on white Natrolite over schist. Classic combination specimen for the locality. Comes with old Chuck Trantham and California Mineral Connection labels.


CT260 - Benitoite $ 450
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.2 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT260a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT260b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT260c.jpg]

Cluster of 7 good sized, blue Benitoite crystals on white Natrolite. Largest Benitoite is 1.2cm. Some crystals are contacted along the edges where they grew against schist, but they have good color and are undamaged. Old specimen.


CT120 - Neptunite with Joaquinite $ 90
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 3 x 2.2 x 1.5 cm


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Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT120a.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT120b.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT120d.jpg]

Five chunky, well terminated Neptunite crystals on schist matrix.  Largest crysal is 1.4cm. Also present are small brown crystals of the rare mineral Joaquinite.


CT367 - Benitoite with Neptunite $ 300
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


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Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT367a.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT367b.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT367c.jpg] Benitoite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT367d.jpg]

Benitoite and Neptunite crystals on schist matrix with white Natrolite. The highlight of this specimen is a 1cm triply-terminated crystal. The crystal has all terminations exposed and there is an area of natural indentation or breakage on part of the face. There is also a crystal of the rare mineral Joaquinite present.


CT415 - Joaquinite with Neptunite $ 150
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm


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Joaquinite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT415a.jpg] Joaquinite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT415b.jpg] Joaquinite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT415e.jpg] Joaquinite with Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT415f.jpg]

Schist matrix covered by dozens of small tan crystals of Joaquinite, and likely many more present under the areas of white Natrolite. There are also a few black Neptunite crystals in association.


CT541 - Neptunite with Joaquinite $ 950
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 6.5 x 5 x 2 cm


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Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT541a.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT541b.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT541c.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT541d.jpg] Neptunite with Joaquinite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/CT541e.jpg]

Thick, lustrous black Neptunite crystals on a flat matrix of Natrolite over schist. This is an old Steve Perry specimen that I purchased from Steve about 20 years ago and have kept in my collection ever since. All the crystals are terminated and undamaged, the main crystal is 2.5cm long. There are small brown Joaquinite crystals on the Natrolite.


LL168 - Benitoite $ 2000
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 3.5 x 3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL168a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL168b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL168c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL168d.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL168e.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL168f.jpg]

Large, deep blue crystals of Benitoite on a schist matrix with white Natrolite. Large crystals to 2.1 cm on edge that show areas of transparency (therer are some areas of gem rough quality).


LL203 - Neptunite $ 650
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 8 x 6 x 4.5 cm


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Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL203a.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL203c.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL203d.jpg]

Numerous glossy black Neptunite crystals on white Natrolite. Thick crystals to over 2cm long.


LL569 - Neptunite $ 280
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.3 x 1.3 cm


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Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569c.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569d.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569e.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/LL569f.jpg]

An unusually stout, lustrous Neptunite specimen. A large, partially double-terminated crystal with glossy surface luster sits atop a smaller partial crystal. It's rare to find them like this.
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