Monday, August 23, 2010

⤱ Spessartine ⤱

Spessartine is one of the garnet group minerals and has a formula of Mn3Al2(SiO4)3. It is usually red or orange in colour, and occurs as transparent to translucent distinct crystals.

This specimen has formed as a sharp deep red crystal and is from the Kintore Open Cut, Broken Hill, New South Wales. Spessartine is common, even characteristic, at this locality.