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. .


T161 - Benitoite $ 425
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5 x 2 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t161a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t161b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t161c.jpg]

Gemmy bright blue Benitoite crystals to 1.3cm. Central crystal has good sized gem zone/facet rough. This one has the qualities you want in Benitoite - good color, luster, sharp edges, and transparency.


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.


J388 - Benitoite $ 1200
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 5.5 x 4.8 x 3 cm


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Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388a.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388b.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388c.jpg] Benitoite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/J388d.jpg]

Dense coverage of Benitoite crystals in white Natrolite. The Benitoite have areas of gemmy transparency and very good deep blue color.


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.


MM127 - Neptunite $ 600
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA
small cabinet - 7.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm


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Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mm127a.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mm127b.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/mm127c.jpg]

Lustrous, jet black crystals of Neptunite in white Natrolite in a vug in schist matrix. Good distribution of isolated crystals.

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