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Mineral Specimen #5401    Benitoite, Joaquinite-(Ce), Neptunite, Natrolite, Crossite

Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California

Type Location

6.2 x 4.2 x 2.2 cm


Dark blue colored Benitoite crystals which have been acid etched from massive, white colored Natrolite, some of which is still intact. The Benitoite crystals fluoresce a vivid blue under SW UV. There are a few, very small, orange colored Joaquinite-(Ce) crystals scattered across the surface. The location is also the type location for Joaquinite-(Ce). There is also one small Neptunite crystal and some unidentified, black colored, fibrous material present.

Condition: Fairly Good

Flaws: Two of the crystals have chipped areas missing. This includes the largest crystal which has much of one face missing - but the termination is still intact. Many of the other crystals have internal cleaves, but all are terminated.

This mineral is also found in the following galleries: Minerals From California and Nevada | Cyclosilicates | Zeolites | Inosilicates | Fluorescents | Minerals Priced Between 100 and 199 Dollars