Spessartine, Albite (Var: Cleavelandite)
Little Three Mine (Little 3), Ramona District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.7 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm
A classic old Little 3 piece from the era when the mine was worked by the Spaulding family in the 50s-70s. Certainly, nothing has come out since of this quality. This specimen features a vivid orange crystal almost 2 cm across! Thus, it is a really significant piece for the size, with a crystal in such condition. The crystal is nestled nicely into contrasting albite, and is complete on the front as shown, though contacted on the upper faces which point towards the back as shown. The crystal is complete on the front side, showing none of the typical cracking and breaking you often see in any Little 3 garnet bigger than a centimeter or so. 4.7 x 4.4 x 3.8 cm