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Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #8.AE-840
Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conseheiro Pena, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.1 x 2.3 x 1.5 CM (thumbnail)
price: $340
Late Summer 2021

A very pretty example thumbnail specimen of a gem Spessartine from the famed Navegadora finds. This is 17.4 grams and the insides are flawless, pure facet grade gem. With backlighting this glows like red glass. The exterior surface is fully etched with complex geometric patterns. These etched zones form in steps and ramparts that are very sharp.

Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #21.FC-007
Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conseheiro Pena, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.8 x 2.8 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
price: $1600
Early summer 2021

A very lustrous, complete Spessartine crystal with a tiny sliver of Albite attached. From the unique and world famed Navegadora claim in Minas Gerais, this is completely etched and recrystallized with fine geometric structures on all sides. In person this looks like red glass. Fully gemmy and transparent, when backlit the entire piece glows a brilliant red. In super condition, a very close exam finds only a very small rough edge that is not seen from most any angle, this is essentially a perfect floater. The etching has gone so far as to create small geometric cavities and tunnels through the mass of the Garnet. A modern classic, 30.2 Grams and all gem.

Spessartine on Smoky Quartz
stock #20.1-204
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
Fujian Province, China
7.7 x 3.4 x 3.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $490
Early summer 2021

Bright orange-red Spessartines on all sides of a single Quartz crystal. A modern classic from Tongbei (China); when first found these were huge mineral news, unlike anything else known before. For a few years ago these were fairly common in the mineral market but as the zone became exhausted there are almost none found now. The prices have also been increasing. This specimen has larger than typical Garnets with the crystals reaching to 7 mm. Excellent condition and esthetics, the color and luster are a bit brighter in person.

Spessartine on Galena - classic
stock #19.1-786
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
6.3 x 3.7 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
new year 2021

A cluster of dark red Spessartine crystals on a Galena matrix showing bright luster. The Garnets are up to 1.8 CM across and most show some distinct separation. The backside of the specimen has breakage where it was removed but the display face is quite good with only minimal bruising seen by loupe. These are remarkable specimens the association of a Garnet family specie intergrown with Lead Sulphide is simply bizarre. This specimen dates from the early 1960's the Garnets are translucent to transparent but overall are an opaque wine red. On a few edges the interiors of the Garnets have a slightly orange color that shows through and may look like damage in photos, in person it does not.

Spessartine on Quartz
stock #20.1-175
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
Fujian Province, China
6.6 x 2.3 x 2 CM (cabinet)
price: $330
Spring 2020

Jewel-like Spessartine Garnets sprinkled on a single Quartz crystal. From the famed Tongbei locality, the Garnets are up to 5 mm and most are bright red, transparent and perfect. The Quartz is a light smokey color with transparent areas. The locality has not been productive for the past few years. These are now considered to be modern classics and the find was unique since this type of Spessartine/ Quartz is not known from any other locality. Very good value.

Spessartine on Galena
stock #19.1-857
Broken Hill, Yancowinna County
New South Wales, Australia
5 x 4.3 x 3.4 CM (cabinet)
price: $3200


A killer bright red well formed Spessartine Garnet perched on classic Galena matrix from Broken Hill. The Garnet is nearly 2.5 CM across the long dimension, which is huge for this locale and the color, luster and condition are superb. No damage or repairs, the back of the Garnet has a clean contact but is complete and with no chipping even under 30X magnification. Sits well for display without props, this is far better in person. This almost certainly came from the North mine but the old labels are not specific, so we are listing it as simply "Broken Hil"

Spessartine with minor Hyalite Opal
stock #15.1-472
Tongbei, Yunxiao County, Zhangzhou Prefecture
Fujian Province, China
6 x 5 x 2.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $290


Bright lustrous Garnet crystals fully cover the front of this matrix plate. From an older find at Tongbei, there is some minor Hyalite opal as well, but mostly this is a Spessartine that has dozens of sharp, perfect crystals. No damage seen at 10 x magnification, the color is a dark red that is best seen with strong lighting. These represent a great value for the price as this locality had produced so many fine pieces when it was operating.

Spessartine - etched gem crystal
stock #A7 060-(617)
Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose da Safira, Doce Valley
Minas Gerais, Brazil
3.5 x 1.6 x 1.1 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
price: $240


A fine, complete floater of naturally etched gem quality Spessartine from an unusual locale. This is an older piece from the famed Pederneira Mine ex. Larry White collection. Similar to the better known Navegadora Spessartine, we have only seen one other example from this locality. Like a modern cityscape or sculpture, this is a fine example of this Garnet habit. Completely translucent to transparent, this is all gem grade, with backlighting (the photos are not backlit) it glows a bright red. In undamaged condition, the geometric etchings and crystal forms are especially sharp on this toenail sized piece.