Spessartine Garnet on and Included in Quartz
Cabinet, 15.0 x 9.1 x 5.3 cm
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Prov., China
Ex. Dr. Robert Lavinsky
Once more common in the market, material from this mine dried up over the last few years. I had bought a private collection in China which had a suite of exceptional pieces collected in the heyday here from about 2002-2007. This was then in my own collection of Chinese minerals. This is a superbly formed, lustrous and translucent quartz crystal, measuring 14.7 cm in length - unusually fine in quality for this location in terms of luster and sharpness. It is studded with hundreds of glassy and gemmy, bright orange-colored spessartine crystals, to 3 mm across. Such large, pristine crystals where both species are of this high quality are almost unheard of, and the locality is effectively mined out. Very dramatic and beautiful! As a bonus, there are small orange gem garnets included INSIDE the tip of the quartz, seen on close inspection.