Audrey Lynn Pegmatite, Anza, Riverside County, California


About: This mining claim is in the general Anza area like the Fano, Williamson, etc. Mines can all be generally reached by parking near the trailhead on the Allessandro Trail which is reached by passing Lake Riverside to the USFS Station and following the road up to Juan Diego Flats. This claim lies west of the Fano Mine on the Red Mountain Road along with some other claims. This mining claim produces apatite, quartz, beryl, tourmaline (schorl and multicolored), spodumene, mica, schorl, spessartite garnet, monazite, manganocolumbite, mangantantalite, fluorapatite and microlite. One thing for sure is that this claim produces some of the best single and cathedral crystals of schorl crystals. There have been schorl the size of toilet paper rolls extracted with quarter size spessartite garnets attached/intergrown. These usually end up in some of the high end mineral dealer collections pretty quickly after they are mined.

This is an active claim owned by Phil Osborn, an expert pegmatite miner, gem cutter and true wealth of information on pegmatite and other mining lore and also a long time fixture in local pegmatite mining. His claims are still in development but some very interesting minerals have been found there. The best minerals found are blue aquamarine crystals, superbly terminated schorl crystals, schorl with spessartite inclusions, quartz crystals, spessartite garnets, feldspar crystals, axinite, and more. Most of the work so far has been development to quantify the location of the footwall of the pegmatite which gives a better idea of the extent of the pegmatite. The largest pocket measurd 12' by 50' and was stuffed full of optical grade citrine, aquamarines to 4" long, garnet, schorl and dravite tourmaline.

Phil has faceted several of the seemingly rough spessartites and come out with some beautiful stones. Here too you find the typical pinch and swell pocket systems where once you have found a few small pockets they typically trend towards a larger pocket zone. Phil believes based on his experience that there will be several small pockets a few feet apart and eventually a car sized pocket that he will be able to dig for a long, long time. To find out more specifics about what was found in these areas to start a collection or to possibly collect you might want to sign up for the Minerals of California Online Database. Click here to sign up.



Portal to Largest Pocket (12' by 50')

Phil's Daughter Audrey Lynn at diggings

Inside Largest Pocket (12' by 50')

Otto Komarak (holding 100 lb clear quartz xl)
and Byron Weege (holding 2 large clear quartz xls)



Schorl 3cm long

Spessartite 1cm max

Garnet in Schorl 2.5cm tall
Garnet Crystal 0.5cm

Matrix Specimen 4cm max

Aquamarine 2.5cm max

DT Quartz Crystal 4cm max

Spessartite 1cm max

Spessartite 1cm max

Misc Aquamarines 5cm max

Spessartite 1.5cm max

Spessartite Garnets in Schorl 4.5cm tall

Large Flawless Aquamarine 4cm by 3.7cm max

Spessartite Garnet in Dravite Spray 4.2cm max; garnet 1.2cm

Large Green Aquamarine 2.4cm by 1.2cm

Aquamarine 5cm max

Aquamarine 4cm max

Spessartite on Quartz 9cm max

Schorl Quartz and Garnet on Albite 15cm max

Water Clear DT Quartz 11cm max

Schorl "La Pistola" 20cm max

Apatite 1cm max

FLAWLESS 332 Carat Citrine
4+cm across

Schorl Pencil 12cm max

Schorl Cathedral
5cm across

Spessartite 3cm max

Schorl
8cm tall

Gemmy Spessartite 0.5cm max

Aquamarine/Cleavelandite
6cm tall

Partly Etched Aquamarine
2.5cm tall

DT Schorl
12cm tall

Aquamarine in Cleavelandite
28cm max

DT Citrine
20cm tall

Schorl in Cleavelandite
15cm max

Schorl Pencil
12cm long



To find out more specifics about what was found in these areas to start a collection
or to possibly collect you might want to sign up for the Minerals of California Online
Database. Click here to sign up.

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