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 March 2009 Update

Montmorillonite in Quartz, White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California

 

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It has been 25 to 30 years since these were found at the White Queen Mine.  These are mostly floaters with no attachment of strange double terminated Pink Quartz crystals.  The pink coloration is from the Montmorillonite included in the Quartz.  These have become classics from San Diego County and a large 18 cm specimen was on display at the 2009 Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show at the Tucson Convention Center.            March 2009 
 

 


01 - 9atmris   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $225
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
7 x 4 x 2.4 cm 

 

 

Sharp undamaged floater


02 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ, ALBITE - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4 x 3 x 2 cm 

 

Sharp undamaged Quartz with nice pink color.  A small base attached consisting of Albite bladed crystals.


03 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4.5 x 2 x 1.7 cm 

 

 

Undamaged sharp Quartz which looks like it was attached at the base of the terminated crystal.


04 - 9atmro   MONTMORILLONITE pseudomorph after ?  included QUARTZ - $375
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
7 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm

 


 

 

 

Undamaged sharp Quartz which is hollowed out on the reverse.  Included elongated pink crystals which are reported to be an included Montmorillonite pseudomorph of a yet unidentified mineral. 


05 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $100
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
5.9 x 3.6 x 1.7 cm 

 

Undamaged sharp double terminated Quartz.

 


06 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $45
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm 

 

 

Undamaged sharp Quartz floater which is hollowed out on the reverse.

 


07 - 9atmrit   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $225
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
8 x 3.9 x 3 cm 

 

Sharp undamaged floater


08  - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE pseudomorph after ?  included QUARTZ - $275
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
3.6 x 3.3 x 2 cm

 

 

 

 

Undamaged Quartz floater.  Included elongated pink crystals which are reported to be an included Montmorillonite pseudomorph of a yet unidentified mineral. 


09 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $100
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4 x 3.5 x 2 cm 

 

 

 Sharp Quartz which is hollowed out on the reverse and has a small contact where it looks as if it was attached to a larger crystal.

 


10 - 9atmris   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $250
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
5.3 x 4.5 x 4 cm 

 

Sharp cluster of undamaged Quartz with nice pink color.  The bottom is hollowed out and  a small mound of Albite bladed crystals is attached inside the base.


11 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4.5 x 2.8 x 2 cm 

 

Sharp double terminated undamaged Quartz floater. 

 


12 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $45
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4 x 3.2 x .6 cm 

 

Undamaged flattened Quartz with nice pink coloration and a contact along part of the edge.

 


13 - 9atmro   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $175
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
9 x 2.7 x 2.5 cm 


 

Double terminated Quartz with a 2.5 cm concoidal chip out of the top backside which forms a window showing the transparent to transluscent center of the Quartz crystal.

 


14 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4.6 x 2 x 1.6 cm 

 

Undamaged sharp double terminated Quartz which is complete on all six sides.  Base termination is slightly hollowed out and most of termination incomplete. 

 

15 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $50
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
3.5 x 2.5 x 1.8 cm 

 

Strange cluster of undamaged sharp Quartz crystals. 

 


16 - 9atmro   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $200
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
7.5 x 3.4 x 3.3 cm

 

 

Undamaged double terminated Quartz crystal  rather opaque on the outside and transluscent on the indented inside.

 


17 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4 x 3.5 x 2 cm 

 

Sharp double terminated Quartz which is slightly hollowed out at the base of both crystals.  One side looks like a contact and shows the transparent Quartz crystal interior.


18 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
3.9 x 2.2 x 1.8 cm 

 

Undamaged sharp double terminated Quartz which is slightly hollowed out at the base and back.


19 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $175
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
7.2 x 3.5 x 3 cm 

 

Undamaged sharp oddly formed crystal with three partial faces and the back hollowed out.


20 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4.7 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm

 

Undamaged sharp double terminated Quartz which is complete on all six sides. 


21 - 9atmrr   MONTMORILLONITE included QUARTZ - $65
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego County, California
4.8 x 2.5 x 1.7 cm

 

Undamaged sharp double terminated Quartz which is hollowed on the back side. 


 
 
 
 

 
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