Spessartine, Muscovite, Feldspar Group
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Cabinet, 11.1 x 11.1 x 3.2 cm
This large specimen is from a small batch of very distinctive Tongbei spessartine specimens. You are familiar by now with the plates of massed spessartines, often with smoky quartz crystals sticking up amongst them. This batch had ISOLATED gemmy spessartines, which adds to the attractiveness because of the contrast with the feldspar matrix. The spessartines are also balanced by these dove-grey books of thin muscovite crystals.