1.7" Spessartine Garnets With Smoky Quartz On Feldspar - China

Here is a beautiful, 1.7" wide association of spessartine garnets and smoky quartz on microcline feldspar, collected from the Wushan Spessartine Mine in Fujian, China.

The Wushan Spessartine Mine is located in the Fujian Province of China and is known for the dazzling spessartine garnet and smoky quartz associations it produces. The garnets are often vibrant orange to deep red in color, and can sometimes be found completely encrusting smoky quartz crystals. Often these specimens are found to form from a microcline feldspar matrix that's littered in biotite aggregations. In some cases, fluorite, topaz and helvite can be found with these specimens, depending on the locality they were collected from.

The two main collecting sites include Tongbei, a small village southwest of Yunxiao, and Yunling in Zhangpu County. Both sites are located about 19 miles apart from each other, with Tongbei being the only site where topaz and helvine are found associated with the garnets and smoky quartz. Specimens with fluorite are from the Yunling site.

These mineral associations occurred as a result of intrusive granitic rocks at the site of subduction of the Paleo-Pacific Plate, under the Eastern Block of the North China Block.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Spessartine Garnet, Quartz var. Smoky & Microcline Feldspar
LOCATION
Wushan Spessartine Mine, Tongbei, Yunxiao Co., Fujian, China
SIZE
1.7 x 1.2"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#191570