Spessartine, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Small Cabinet, 8.0 x 5.4 x 4.4 cm
A beautiful and exceptionally aesthetic Tongbei, China spessartine garnet and smoky quartz combination specimen. Yes, thousands of these pieces have come to market in recent years, but this pristine, two-sided specimen has outstanding details and balance, not to mention, much better 3-dimensionality, than most. The matrix and most of the smokies, except the terminations are covered with gemmy, orange spessartines. One end features a large, 1.0 cm, beautifully striated spessartine. The center is dominated by two nearly encrusted, glassy smokies, to 4.0 cm and the other end has two more encrusted smokies.