Dims: 1.5" x 1.3" x 0.9"(3.8 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm)
Wt: 1.01 oz.(28.8 g)
Parelhas, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
At least six complete Spessartine crystals rest on the Albite base of this matrix. They range in size from 2 mm to 0.4"(1.0 cm) in diameter and occur in the trapezohedral form that is common for garnets. They have an orange-red color that almost makes me think of hessonite, a vitreous luster, and are transparent and have excellent clarity. All display internal fractures, the largest garnet has some minor damage to some of its edges, and one of the others is not quite complete, but the rest are quite clean. The remains of many broken crystals are scattered around these, as are a large chunk of quartz and a few misshapen muscovite books.