Spessartine, Schorl, Albite
Little Three Mine (Little 3), Ramona District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.2 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm
A CLASSIC, DESIRABLE and SHOWY California specimen from the famous Little Three Mine. I cannot begin to say how rare unetched crystals in this size range are, especially when emplaced on nice white matrix. This has a 2.0 cm, pristine, gemmy and lustrous, deep orange spessartine garnet is aesthetically perched atop etched albite. A lustrous and striated schorl is encircled at the base by the albite. The schorl has a broken, but healed termination (typical for the locality where the pegmatite is severely fractured and stressed). These are very rare, mostly found in the 1960s and 1970s. This is a competition level miniature, as well as being a classic US mineral from this famous (and for all intents defunct) mine.