Navegadora Mine (Navegador Mine; Orozimbo Mine), Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Doce valley, Minas Gerais, Southeast Region, Brazil
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 2.0 x 1.1 cm
The recent discovery of these highly etched but completely terminated spessartine garnets created quite a splash, and you can see why. The luster and clarity are superb, which are complemented by the lovely wine-red color. It is safe to say these have become very sought-after, and this is an excellent example of this recent find because it is so gemmy while most are a bit thick to see the color so nicely without holding them on top of a flashlight. It is even better in person. The stepped patterns on this particular piece are amazing!