At Press Time
BENITOITE MINE ON THE MARKET
AZCO Mining Inc., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, acquired a $2,000 option to
conduct a feasibility study and mine material from the only known benitoite
deposit - located in San Benito County, CA - until February 1999. "On
or before that date, AZCO may purchase the mine for $1.5 million,"
says Jim Paterson, a company spokesperson. Gems collected during the evaluation
period may offset the purchase price of the mine.
William Rohtert, a geologist and gemologist formerly with Kennecott Exploration
Co., is in charge of the mine and marketing the gemstone.
Benitoite is featured in the fall 1997 issue of Gems & Gemology,
the Gemological Institute of America's quarterly journal. The article covers
the history, occurrence and gemological properties of this bright blue gem.
- by Robert Weldon, G.G.Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.