Spessartine, Quartz (Var: Smoky Quartz)
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
Cabinet, 15.3 x 4.2 x 3.4 cm
Gemmy and lustrous, burnt orange spessartine garnets to 5 mm are festooned on all sides of the fine large cabinet smoky quartz crystal from recent finds at Tongbei, China. The glassy smoky is transparent to translucent. Very interestingly, the water-clear termination is garnet-free, but has included garnets and preferentially frosted faces. The termination is very nearly pristine. A striking, highly representative large combination material from this noted locale.