Spessartine, Schorl

Specimen ID: Y1C-P60

Spessartine : Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3
Schorl : Na(Fe2+3)Al6(Si6O18)(BO3)3(OH)3(OH)
As recorded:
Little Three Mine, Ramona, Ramona Mining District, San Diego County, California, USA
Mindat locality:

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This is my favorite mineral in my collection, with special meaning. It came out in 1998, and has a great story to it. I was a Louis's house and we were washing the pocket contents on the cleaning screen we used. I pick up the tourmaline, and see a crystal contact, along with a large garnet on the screen. I know the garnets and tourmaline usually form together in the pocket, so I think, it can't be the garnet goes with this tourmaline. Sure enough, I put the two together, and Click!!!! I am grateful for the opportunity that Louis Spaulding afforded me to have this piece. Garnet var. Spessartine on Tourmaline var. Schorl Garnet Dike Little Three Mine, Ramona, San Diego County California Tourmaline 3.1cm tall, garnet 2.5cm diameter. Photo by John Smolski
Ryan L. Bowling - 6th January 2011
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