Spessartine on galena
description: <p style="text-align: justify;">LOCALITY:  Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">3" across <br /><br />This specimen is an absolute jewel. The dominant spessartine crystal of this piece displays the glassiest luster one could possibly ask for and is deep wine red. To add interest, small crystals of "blue quartz" are attached to the back of the spessartine crystal (as seen in the photo). Blue quartz is an oddity found at Broken Hill. The bluish white coloration of the quartz is thought to be as a result of contamination of the quartz crystal lattice by titanium. <br /><br />The dominant spessartine crystal is surrounded by some much smaller, perfect spessartine crystals. All of these wine red, gemmy, glassy crystals are perched on a matrix of silvery-white cubic crystalline galena. <br /><br />Spessartine and galena combination specimens are only found at Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia. This is the finest spessartine from Broken Hill in this size range that I have ever seen and it is superior to literally thousands of other lesser pieces which are easily and cheaply acquired. <br /><br />Remarkably, this specimen has never been trimmed or cleaned in a specimen preparation lab. In view of the composition of this piece, it is remarkable that it was not destroyed the moment it was excavated. This fact makes the piece even more remarkable.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This elite specimen was formerly in the collection of the late John O'Dwyer of Broken Hill, New South Wales.  I bought it from Terry Enright in mid 2013 and resold it to Professor Stephen Smale in late 2013.  It remains part of the Smale collection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Photo by Matthew Webb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia</p>
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