Spessartine, Albite
Shengus (Shingus), Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 cm
It is not unusual to see spessartines on quartz or albite from Shengus, but it is unusual to see them on such a large, sharp and well-formed single crystal of albite. The spessartines, a deep wine-red color, measure to around 0.9 cm (though most are smaller). These are attractively isolated on the stark white albite. On the other side of the albite crystal are two tabular quartz crystals (there are some conventional prismatic crystals on the "underside" as well, demonstrating that this crystal was loose in the pocket, becoming a "floater" and allowing crystals to form on all sides) .