Spessartine Garnet on Smoky Quartz
Cabinet, 10.0 x 9.0 x 3.0 cm
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China

This locality has simply been "dry" for the last few years. In 2013, it perked up a bit with renewed mining efforts and produced several pockets. However, only one pocket, with perhaps a few dozen pieces, really was the right quality. This pocket of saturated wine-red garnets, overlaying smoky quartz points, is the best we have seen from here in almost 10 years. This cabinet specimen from that find has zero damage, and a beautiful 3-dimensional spread of sparkling garnet. It is much better in person, as garnets sometimes photograph more flat than they appear. The faces and sharpness of these crystals rank them among the best from the locale. Joe Budd photos.