Spessartine on feldspar
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY: Near Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan <br /><br />1 3/4" across <br /><br />This piece is desirable because: <br /><br />(a) The spessartine crystals are perfect and all of their faces are as lustrous as polished glass. <br /><br />(b) The spessartine crystals are all are intensely colored. They glow bright red in daylight. <br /><br />(c) The spessartine crystals are symmetrical. <br /><br />(d) The spessartine crystals are exposed enough from the matrix to allow ready appreciation of their three dimensional geometry. <br /><br />(e) The contrasts in colors and textures of the spessartine crystals and matrix is stark and esthetic. <br /><br />(f) The spessartine to matrix ratio is pleasing since the partial orthoclase crystal is in a pleasing proportion to the crystals of spessartine. The matrix is not too big or too small in relation to the gem crystals that it presents. <br /><br />(g) The spessartine crystals are separated from each other instead of being "bunched" or in a tightly knit druse. This allows easier appreciation of the geometry, perfection and beauty of the spessartine crystals.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This piece was traded from the collection of Irv Brown during a visit to his home in San Diego, California shortly before the Tucson Show in 1999.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia    </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p>
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