Spessartine

Spessartine

If you've been to Spessart in Bavaria, Germany, you might correctly guess that a lot of Spessartine is found there.  

Spessartine crystalizes in hues of red and orange, ranging from dark crimsom red to an intense yellowish-orange.  The yellow-orange variety comes from Madagascar.  It is more correctly called Mandarin garnet.  

Garnets, spessartine included, form with other minerals, such as granite.

There is another mineral crystal, spessartite, that has a similiar name, but is a whole different thing.