Spessartine Garnet (excellent crystals) on Smoky Quartz

Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Zhangzhou, Fujian, China
Small Cabinet, 6.2 x 4.3 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 12/21/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/28/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $382

Item Description

These iconic Spessartine Garnets are some of the most recognized pieces to come from any Chinese locality in the last 20+ years. They are soon-to-be-classics, and certainly among the finest examples of Spessartine from anywhere in the modern era of mineral collecting. This wonderful small cabinet sized specimen features a coverage of sharp, lustrous, gemmy, rich red color crystals of Spessartine Garnet showing textbook trapezohedral faces which measure up to a full 1.1 cm across associated with Smoky Quartz sitting on minor matrix. A tiny bit of greenish Muscovite can be seen in places for a nice touch. The crystals are very good sized for the locality, and the color is deeper than most you'll find. They GLOW with color when backlit. The piece is in excellent condition, as I can't find any major damage with the naked eye. It's important to note that all of the Garnets are sharp, smooth and glistening showing no signs of etched / pitted faces. When it comes to Garnet, there are thousands of localities around the world to produce specimens, but it's honestly not terribly common to find saturated red colored crystals like this. Valued at $1,500 for size and quality of the crystals, and relative rarity on the market now.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$382 12/28/2023 3:55:24 pm (CST)
$372 12/28/2023 3:55:24 pm (CST)
$283 12/28/2023 2:31:42 pm (CST)
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$263 12/27/2023 10:00:43 pm (CST)
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$10 12/21/2023 7:48:00 pm (CST)