Spessartine on Feldspar
Shengus, Skardu District, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Toenail, 3.1 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm
This aesthetic miniature features gemmy, lustrous, wine-red, spessartine, to just over 1 centimeter, studded on a doubly-terminated, pearlescent white, lustrous, crystal of microcline, measuring 3.1 cm across. This is a competition quality specimen. I cannot emphasize enough the rarity of getting BOTH species in such exquisite form, and then on top of that the color contrast overall adds impact to the piece.