- Spessartine Garnet and Smoky Quartz on Feldspar
- Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou Prefecture, Fujian Province, China
- Large Cabinet, 18.0 x 13.5 x 8.0 cm
This is a pristine display specimen from the heyday of this mine in the mid-2000s. It has sharp, GEM TRANSPARENT smoky quartz crystals on which are perched GEM TRANSPARENT orange garnet crystals. The contrasts, with the light sprinkling of garnet atop quartz and feldspar, are striking. Seldom do you get a plate this size in such condition, and with such black-on-white contrast. The garnets are all gem quality and have more life to them in person than photos tend to ascribe. Cameras just cannot capture the twinkling effect of garnets as they catch the light. This is 360 degrees, and complete all around. This particular specimen was from the personal collection of the son of the family which controlled the main mine here, which I purchased in China in 2013. Joe Budd photos.