Spessartine, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Miniature, 4.0 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm
These garnets have a beautiful uniform deep orange color, fine gemminess, and excellent luster, reminiscent of Jeffrey Mine specimens. Most of the Spessartines are 2-3 mm, but some actually reach .5 cm, and with their gemminess, they absolutely glow under light. The small (.5 cm) Smoky Quartz crystals are well-terminated, while the largest are contacted on some sides. Ex. Charlie Key.