Spessartine, Albite
Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 6.9 x 5.5 cm
A whopper spessartine garnet crystal, measuring 2.3 cm, is nestled in a cluster of large, euhedral crystals of albite. The spessartine is a fine wine-red, with intense glassy luster and very sharp faces. A tube-like book of layered muscovite crystals is on one side of the spessartine. It is quite uncommon to find good spessartines of this size!