TKR26 Quartz, Spessartine
Wuhan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Fujian Prov., China
11.5x 4.6x 4.2 cm

A nice specimen of light smoky quartz on an orthoclase matrix that is sprinkled with numerous bright orange spessartine garnets.

These specimens come from the same locality that yielded the spessartine/ smoky quartz bonanza several years ago-- that year the rooms of the Chinese dealers were practically overflowing with the stuff.  These days, decent pieces are a bit more difficult to find at affordable prices

The locality actually consists of a large granite hill.  At present, most of the workable part of that hill has been carved away to excavate for specimens.

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