Spessartine, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Small Cabinet, 9.0 x 7.7 x 4.2 cm
In person, the spessartines on this Tongbei specimen are not as candy-red as the photo shows - they are more towards the traditional deep sherry color - but the luster and gemminess really are superb. The spessartines are on white contrasting feldspar, with scattered milky crystals of smoky quartz.