Spessartine, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz), Feldspar Group
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Large Cabinet, 28.3 x 18.5 x 11.8 cm
At over 12 pounds, and just about a foot in length, this is a huge garnet plate. It is, amazingly, pristine. This is because it was very carefully collected by the mine owner, from whom I obtained it. It has very sharp, translucent smoky quartz crystals to 4 cm, on top of two generations of feldspar crystals (most of them a nice contrasting white color). And, the highlight is the liberal topping of gemmy, jewel-like spessartine garnets sprinkled atop.