This page is devoted to Tourmaline that comes from San Diego county. Most notably the Himalaya Mine, also the Stewart Mine. Both mines are in the northern part of San Diego co.
#T10 Elbaite Tourmaline**
From the Stewart Mine, Pala, California. Notice the different shade of pink in this mines material. It also has small Lepidolite over the surface of the cap. Very nice crystal.*-
#T12 Elbaite Tourmaline (earthquake alteration)**
It measures 1 1/2" tall.This crystal has been altered by plate tectonics, otherwise known as an earthquake. Unusual to have such a fine colored crystal with the alteration. It comes from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, CA.
Himalaya Mine, 1 5/8" long. Great green color and termination, from a classic locality.*-
in San Diego County, California.*
Tourmaline from (Himalaya Mine), Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, Pink and Green. It weighs 54 grams, and is 2 1/4" tall and 3/4" across at its base.This piece was mined in 2013 and has been repaired, a very good repair. The Himalaya mine was first discovered in 1898, and produced gem and
specimen grade tourmaline . During the early 1900s, Maine and California were the world's largest producers of gem tourmalines. The Empress Dowager Cixi of China loved pink tourmaline and bought large quantities for gemstones and carvings from the then new Himalaya Mine, located in San Diego County, California.*-