Spessartine Garnet & Smoky Quartz (w/ gem garnets inside!)

Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Fujian, China
10.0 x 5.6 x 3.6 cm
Start Time: 01/09/2020 6:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/16/2020 6:40:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

Spessartine garnets included in smoky quartz crystals are RARE in these classic combinations from Tongbei. The spessartines are embedded on the exteriors of most of these beauties. A numbers of garnets are clearly visible in the termination of the impressive smoky quartz crystal on this impactful and aesthetic older combination from Tongbei. Gemmy cinnamon-orange to golden-orange spessartine garnet trapezohedrons, to 5 mm, are strikingly, preferentially peppered on the light smoky quartz crystal striated prism faces and on the feldspar matrix on this sculptural and very showy 360-degree small cabinet from the Wushan Mine. The smoky has a water-clear termination above the translucent body. The faces on the striking steep termination have satin lustre. There is only trivial termination wear on the smoky termination. Little, if any new material has come out in the last five years. Get an exceptional, included combination, when you can. Every turn presents a different perspective to this fine 360-degree classic. This is old material from the early 2000s mining era here. It is now gone. This came from the family collection of the miners. It is SUPERB, mesmerizing in person. Lost in our back room for years. ..now surfacing again. Valued at $1000-1250.