Spessartine, Albite
Little Three Mine (Little 3), Ramona District, San Diego Co., California, USA
Miniature, 4.7 x 3.2 x 2.8 cm
An attractive specimen of gemmy orange spessartine resting within skeletal albite from the famed Little Three Mine. The garnet has beautiful color, luster, and classic stepped faces noted for this locality. The best pieces from the mine, like this one, occur on contrasting white albite or quartz matrix for stark contrast! As is typical for this mine, the garnet shows some resorption and natural cracking along some of the crystal faces - the product of etching in situ and very common among garnets found here. This one, though, shows less such changes to the crystal over time than most. CLASSIC and highly sought-after material, with the neat skeletal matrix.