Spessartine, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz), Feldspar Group
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Small Cabinet, 7.0 x 6.7 x 3.0 cm
These new Spessartines are some of the most attractive and highly displayable specimens to come out of China in the last few years. This particular piece features several lustrous, gemmy, reddish-orange trapezohedra measuring up to 9 mm, which is rather large for this locality. They are associated with lustrous, gem quality Smoky Quartz crystals and Muscovite "books" on cream colored Feldspar matrix. There is actually a small Pyrite cube on the end of the specimen for a great touch. The color in these Spessartine crystals is a rich orange hue (due to nearly pure Manganese content) and are very attractive. They are not at all dull or pitted. This material is becoming less and less available on the market, and keep in mind that there are only a few worldwide localities that produce this color of Spessartine in fine specimens. Bright orange Spessartine specimens are NOT easy to find these days from any locality.