5.8" Sparkling Orange SPESSARTINE GARNET Crystals on SMOKY QUARTZ China for sale
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Specimens of red-orange SPESSARTINE GARNETS on SMOKY QUARTZ have been coming from the Wushan Spessartine Mine in Tongbei, Yun Xiao County, Zhangsho Prefecture, Fujian Province, China since about 2000. The individual garnets are often sharp and gemmy, forming as dodecahedrons. On the best pieces, the color is a vivid, enthusiastic red-orange, and the garnets are sprinkled over smoky quartz crystals. I purchased this fine, nearly damage-free specimen at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show from a Chinese wholesale dealer. Note: A few years ago, there was a small controversy brewing in the mineral world over whether these were spessartine garnets or grossular garnets (the difference being the amount of calcium in the crystal structure). Tests have now confirmed that they are indeed spessartine.
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