Minerals

Collectors: John L. Lewis plaque

John L. Lewis (1827–1912). Between the years 1902 and 1910, John L. Lewis, "an esteemed citizen" and president of Lewis Foundry & Machine Company, donated more than 2,600 rough and cut gemstones, pearls, and pearl-bearing shells. The acquisition of these gemstones was Lewis' "labor of love" for thirty years. Among these were stones from California such as chrysoprase, rough and cut chalcedony from Catalina Island, and tourmaline crystals from San Diego County.

LEWIS CITRINE 

13.79 ct quartz variety citrine gem
Photo: Debra Wilson