a3228 Lepidolite with Rubellite

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Lepidolite with Rubellite from the Stewart Mine, Tourmaline Queen Mountain, Pala District, San Diego County, California. There are actually a few more rubellites on the back side of this piece, which I didn't photograph. Material of this variety was a last generation collectible, and as such really only pops up from time to time in old collections. The photos don't really convey it very well, but the lepidolite is a sugary sparkly matrix which is distinctive of this particular locality. The piece is better to see with your own eye. A nice little geological sample of a past collectible favorite.  

Length: 4.30 cm
Width: 4.20 cm
Height: 3.00 cm