Spessartine Garnet, Schorl, and Cleavelandite (old classic!)

Little Three Mine, Ramona Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm
Start Time: 06/10/2021 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 06/17/2021 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Current Bid: $725
High Bidder: Private Bidder
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Item Description

Initially famous for its early discovery of amazing blue Topaz in San Diego, the Little Three Mine later became well-known for another American classic, its much more uncommon and much more valiuable orange Spessartine Garnets in combination with Schorl and Cleavelandite. Most of these date back to the Louis Spalding Sr. era of mining (60s/70s), when the best all came out of this small mine in remote San Diego County. Here, the largest Spessartine is 2.7 cm, and although it is heavily contacted in the back, it is big and the right color; and does present good faces to the front. The matrix is the associated Cleavelandite, and the 3.5 cm Schorl completely penetrates the piece top to bottom (interesting!). It has an excellent, mirror-like termination, as I tried to show with the reflection of the light. This is a sparkling, representative piece for this classic combination, and the fine orange color and large size of of the Spessartines, as well as the quality of the Schorl, make this worth having. They tend to fetch higher values in County (San Diego) where they are somewhat of a Holy Grail of County Collecting. Combos with all species, and a big garnet like this, are essentially unavailable! Valued $2000-2500. This was recently deaccessed from the extensive collection of Bob Reynolds, who cherished both minerals and fossils as he collected. Bob is a prolific author and has had several curating positions in museums.

Bidding History

Bidder Bid Amount Bid Time
Private Bidder $725 06/14/2021 4:46:22 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $700 06/14/2021 4:46:22 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $580 06/14/2021 7:53:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $555 06/14/2021 7:53:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $525 06/14/2021 7:53:02 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $500 06/14/2021 7:53:02 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $200 06/14/2021 12:59:23 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $190 06/14/2021 12:59:23 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $180 06/14/2021 12:59:15 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $170 06/14/2021 12:59:15 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $160 06/14/2021 12:59:06 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $150 06/14/2021 12:59:06 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $140 06/14/2021 12:58:47 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $130 06/14/2021 12:58:47 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $120 06/14/2021 12:58:40 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $110 06/14/2021 12:58:40 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $100 06/13/2021 5:30:49 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $90 06/13/2021 5:30:49 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $80 06/12/2021 10:21:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $70 06/12/2021 10:21:22 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $49 06/12/2021 4:40:54 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $44 06/12/2021 4:40:54 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $30 06/11/2021 9:48:15 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $25 06/11/2021 9:48:15 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $20 06/11/2021 12:05:55 pm (CDT)
Private Bidder $15 06/11/2021 9:21:52 am (CDT)
Private Bidder $10 06/10/2021 9:11:10 pm (CDT)