Dims: 1.62x0.86x0.75" (4.10x2.19x1.90cm)
Wt: 0.84oz (23.9g)
Fujian Provence, China
This is an excellent specimen of spessartine garnet, with very well-formed crystals and a lovely orange color. The thick layer of crystals completely covers one side of the host rock and are thus somewhat intergrown yet there characteristic garnet shapes are readily apparent, expecially on the largest crystals. Their vitreous luster is dulled slightly by fine striations on every face, which still alow examination of the transparent interior of the crystals. There is very little damage to this specimen - a loupe reveals that the tiny white spots are encrustations of the host rock, and the only damage is a few barely perceptible dings on a crystal edge and a point.