Reddish-Orange ball of SPESSARTINE, a member of the GARNET Group. The ball lies on a terminated QUARTZ crystal with minor Muscovite and Albite.
SPESSARTINE is a manganese, aluminum silicate mineral. It is a member of the GARNET Group. Colors can be red, orange, reddish-orange, reddish-brown, yellowish-brown, or brown. It belongs to the Isometric crystal system. Crystals are typically dodecahedrons. Hardness is 6.5 – 7.5 on the Mohs scale. Spessartine occurs in magmatic, metamorphic, and pegmatic rocks.
Location: Shengus, Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Specimen size: 1.9 x 1.2 x 1.3 inches
Specimen weight: 1.5 ounces
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