Almandine Garnet on Muscovite
Burra Burra Mine, Ducktown District, Polk Co., Tennessee, USA
Small Cabinet, 9.9 x 6.0 x 5.0 cm

This is a VERY rare old, historic specimen from a locale that you don't see on the market at all anymore. Perched aesthetically on a silvery, micaceous schist is a doubly-terminated, lustrous and slightly translucent, dark reddish orange garnet crystal, showing great dodecahedron faces, and measuring 3.1 cm in length. Tiny pyrite crystals are present in the schist. There is a possibility that the garnet species may be almandine rather than spessartine. Ex Robert Trimingham collection.