ex. Ernie Schlichter
Growing out of a matrix of garnet-mica schist is a most unusual specimen: It features lustrous, brown, staurolite crystals, some doubly terminated and up to 6 cm in length. To top it off, there are several purplish-red garnet crystals, up to 2 cm across on the staurolite. This is definitely not a common occurrence and I cannot recall seeing the association, in fact.
ex. Ernie Schlichter
Aesthetically arranged on a gray-green schist, three almandine garnet crystals display their dodecahedral form. Although mostly opaque, these dark reddish-brown crystals, one of which measures 4 cm in length, exhibit classic crystallography. This is a classic and important locality for garnet! Unfortunately, MOST such specimens collected long ago have since been polished to better show off the hints of color after they are excised from teh matrix. This one, however, is au naturale. no polishing! that makes it much more the rare
15.7 x 8.4 x 6.8 cm. Super-sharp, giant garnets beautifully exposed on light grey-green mica schist, from the Austrian Alps. The biggest garnet here measures 4 cm! The crystals are in great shape, with only a couple of natural contacts and no damage. One garnet has grown right on top of another! These garnets are European classics. Most of them are damaged by physical removal of the surrounding schist matrix but this one has been prepped very carefully and the garnets are pristine as can be, unscratched or polished - very unusual!
6.5 x 3.3 x 2.7 cm. Killer garnet crystals, super sharp, to 1.1 cm, on matrix. This is a small mine, you see very little from. Ex. Charlie Key Collection.
3.3 x 2.7 x 1.8 cm. An aesthetic and historic toenail specimen of sharp, gemmy and lustrous, dark cherry-red almandine garnet crystals jauntily set in muscovite schist matrix from the famous Simplon Tunnel between Switzerland and Italy. When completed in 1905, this 19.8 km railway tunnel, was the longest railway tunnel in the world. A neat piece of history, with an OLD German label. Ex. George Elling Collection.
6.8 x 5.3 x 2.4 cm. On the usual biotite schist is a really fine Wrangell garnet, without the common bruises, and really standing out and well exposed on the matrix. It is a deep, translucent reddish purple, with sharp, lustrous faces.
10.8 x 4.8 x 3.9 cm. A classic North Carolina almandine garnet, measuring 1.5 cm, still embedded in the contrasting schist matrix in which it formed.
9.9 x 8.9 x 8.1 cm. A huge garnet out of the Wein Collection, which was heavy on interesting and sometimes rare Alpine specimens of all sorts. This whopper 5-cm garnet sits smack in the middle of a carefully-trimmed schist matrix. It has a couple of little corner contacts, which are pretty insignificant in the context of an Alpine garnet crystal of this size!
9.3 x 5.7 x 5.2 cm. A striking, large and very sharp, almandine garnet crystal aesthetically set on mica schist with a complimentary smaller almandine. This 5.2 cm, pristine, partially gemmy, reddish-brown giant is from a classic Austrian locality - Obergurgl, Otz Valley, Tyrol. A very fine, lustrous almandine from an important Austrian locality.
2.1 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm. A sharp, textbook crystal of spessartine, not your usual Pakistani one but an uncommon one from Madagascar. It is perched on a perfectly-trimmed natural "base" of matrix. The crystal itself measures 1.4 cm. It is shown here under natural light, but under strong light you can see flashes of red - it is actually a deep red all through. Ex. Noted thumbnail collection of Allan Young.
[Note: The garnets from Ialamitana, has been found to be an
intermediate almandine-spessartine, MinRec 29, p. 132]
6.5 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm. A big crystal of deep reddish-brown garnet from the Austrian Alps, trimmed out nicely on a natural matrix base. The crystal measures 4 cm. It has one contacted face. From the well-known California collection of Charles Hansen. Unlike most, it has been carefully excavated from the surrounding matrix and not polished as they so often were in the past from this classic locality.
3.9 x 3.0 x 2.7 cm. Aphrosiderite is an obsolete name for a chlorite group member (originally described from a mine in Germany). This is a pristine, super-sharp aphrosiderite pseudomorph after a large garnet crystal from the iron mines of Marquette County, Michigan (probably 1950s or earlier). The black crystal has textbook dodecahedral garnet crystal habit and moderate lustre. A very old, mostly illegible paper label is glued to the bottom. CLASSIC and OLD material from the Richard Hauck Collection.
6.2 x 4.4 x 1.5 cm. Another garnet from a suite of garnets acquired from the collection of Bill Larson, noted as previously in the Keidel collection. This is a fine, sharp, hard-to-obtain crystal from an old Norwegian locality. The 1.5-cm crystal is actually a very deep maroon color, but looks opaque due to the darkness (this is typical for these). It is isolated on a granitic matrix. There is a smaller crystal growing on the surface of the main crystal.
5.9 x 4.3 x 3.6 cm. Here are two textbook-sharp and glassy-lustrous, dark red Almandines (to 1.2 cm) that formed in pockets in a very hard matrix of rhyolite.
4.3 x 4.3 x 4.1 cm. This almandine crystal out of the garnet suite of Bill Larson is extremely impressive - particularly for an American garnet! It is complete and has nice sharp faces, with deep cherry-red color. Most collectors are not familiar with these Idaho garnets, impressive as they are, because they are not common on the market. This is a truly impressive example!
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