Spessartine Garnet With Schorl in Albite
Little Three Mine, Ramona, San Diego Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.1 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm
Ex. John Ydren
This is a quite respectable example of the famous spessartines from Little Three. To me, these have the purest orange color and excellent luster that I want in a garnet. They are an American classic. Matrix examples with crystals over 1 cm are uncommon, rare, and hard to come by today (mostly having been collected from the 1960s-1970s). This specimen features a complete garnet 2.5 cm in length, a little elongated but complete and without the etching dissolution you so often see in examples from this mine. Schorl and white albite make a classic association, here. It is a fine display piece, with a big crystal atop, good enough for any County or US collection.