Andradite Garnet Pseudo. Rhodochrosite With Gaudefroyite
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
Miniature, 5.6 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm
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We had only two such specimens in the whole collection of thousands of pieces, of these strange cast pseudomorphs of minutely crystallized, sparkling, andradite garnet that have replaced twinned rhodochrosite crystals. I had only ever seen 2 others, before. These look just like the famous pseudo-triangular crystals one saw from Mt St Hilaire in Quebec, in the 1980s. But, made of garnet! This one is shaped like a shield, very tapered, with the interior completely lined with crystals of gaudefroyite that stick out to one side.