Spessartine, Galena
North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine; NBH Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia
Miniature, 3.9 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm
Here is a real old-timer - a big, 2.5-cm burgundy spessartine garnet, embedded in a euhedral crystal of galena. Just about all of those anomalies you see on the spessartine crystal faces are natural "cut-glass" modifications, very pretty; there is only one small rough area where the crystal grew against something. The faces of the crystal are lustrous, and you can see into them - it is slightly transparent. Ex. Elling Collection.