Spessartine, Albite
Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Cabinet, 12.4 x 7.6 x 6.4 cm
Over a dozen gemmy, lustrous, dark red crystals of spessartine on a stark white contrasting matrix of large, EUHEDRAL crystals of albite - with a gemmy quartz crystal sticking out of one side. What makes this specimen nice is the fact that the spessartines are on the lustrous faces of sharply-formed albite crystals rather than nebulous or lumpy albite. The largest spessartine measures 0.8 cm; most are smaller.