Spessartine Garnet on and Included in Quartz
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Prov., China
Cabinet, 15.0 x 9.1 x 5.3 cm
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.