Morganite on Smoky Quartz (uncommon CA locale) ex T.W. Warner Coll.

Mesa Grande District, San Diego Co., California
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 5.8 x 5.5 cm
Start Time: 10/01/2009 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 10/08/2009 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Morganite from the Mesa Grande District of California, which includes the famous Himalaya Mine, is RARE on market and is very rarely available. A 2.5 cm rosette of lustrous, gemmy to translucent, pastel-pink, compound, morganite crystals is very aesthetically set front and center in a very showy cluster of intergrown, euhedral, translucent, smoky quartz crystals. Admittedly pale, it is STILL a himalaya morganite or beryl any which way. This super, older piece has an excellent provenance, having been in the collection of prominent California collector and dealer Thomas W. Warner. Warner, born in 1915 to wealth, was a very active collector and dealer from the 1930s til his death in 1955. He is said to have assembled the finest California pegmatite collection of the time. The label for this specimen is featured in Thomas Warner's Mineralogical Record Biographical Archive. Valued at $1200-1500.

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