Crystals to 3 cm form a beautiful knoll of solid garnet here, complete all around but for only very minor contact points on a few minor crystals. These really bright, orangey-red garnets have been trickling out of Afghanistan now for the last year. Except…they really turn out to be from Pakistan! The color is phenomenal, but combined with the size…this is really exceptional stuff and we have not seen garnet like this from Pakistan or Afghanistan previously. Wine red spessartines, we have seen. But gemmy, colorful crystals like this, not common at all. I have never found a big stash of these for sale...just picked up a piece here or there from various German and native dealers. Although variously labelled grossular or spessartine, I am told fairly reliably that they are, in fact, hessonite garnets (see also J11-31 on this site).Joe Budd Photos
Glassy, transparent, richly colored garnet crystals to 1.5 cm make this a beautiful plate from the classic, now closed locale. The specimen literally formed as a "plate" , coating a wall in situ. So it is minutely crystallized around the back, though it looks flat there. The brightness of the piece , and the size of the garnets, give it a good impact in a case. From an old French Canadian collection, being sold off at Tucson 2011. Joe Budd photos
A totally gemmy, 3-dimensional, 1.6-cm garnet crystal crowns this beautiful plate from the classic, now closed locale. The specimen literally formed as a "plate" , coating a wall in situ. So it is minutely crystallized around the back, though it looks flat there. The brightness of the piece , and the size of the garnets, give it a good impact in a case. From an old French Canadian collection, being sold off at Tucson 2011. Joe Budd photos
Vesper Peak was a legendary locality that was difficult to reach, and difficult to collect. Few large specimens ever came out, and this was self collected by Karl Faddis (we got his collection in 2011). Karl Faddis was a local legend himself, and built a superb collection of self-collected Washington and Northwest regional material. This piece, from his collection, is a whole pocket of brilliantly lustrous, gemmy garnets perched on quartz. Although there is some peripheral damage, the core display area is mostly intact and this is an important locality specimen. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. William Larson
A superb, sharp, textbook grossular garnet with the choice color for this locality, perched up on a single diopside crystal. Classic and rare combo! From the Garnet Collection of William Larson's company, Pala Intl, on display in their gallery for decades. Joe Budd Photos.
ex. David Stoudt
Sharp, textbook crystals of this intense raspberry-colored garnet measure to 2 cm across on this cabinet piece. Although small pieces and large plates with jumbly masses were around briefly when these came out in the late 1990s, very few larger specimens had quality of aesthetics AND quality of crystals on the same piece. These crystals have a sharp form, saturated color, and are wonderfully isolated on matrix. Few specimens of this quality were found, and fewer still can be had on the market. To this day, these remain a unique, beautiful garnet find that is unlike any found elsewhere. A Mexican classic, but also a very fine and colorful garnet specimen by any standard. ex Dave Stoudt Mexico collection (purchased from me originally in 2007 when it came up to market). Joe Budd Photos.
From the alpine veins of Val d’Ala, this classic matrix specimen is covered in glassy and gemmy, cinnamon-colored grossular garnets, to .8 cm across. They are SPARKLING and beautiful! Associated with the garnets are a few glassy and gemmy, pastel green, diopside crystals, to 1.0 cm in length. The dark green mineral underlaying the garnet is clinochlore, a member of the mica family, in crystals to.3 cm across. Obviously, this is an older specimen. It comes from the Robert Gage collection (dated 1926), whose collection partly went into the later collection of Robert Linck.
ex. Dr. Edward David
ex. Martin Zinn
The bright, candy-like garnets from this locality are treasured in old collections, and now hard to obtain on the market. This jewel-like specimen has super lustre, intense deep color, and good aesthetics for a miniature-sized example - most are much more sparse in garnet coverage. The crystals reach 6 mm and there is almost no damage, really just a bit at peripheries and one spot in one cluster where a crystal has popped out, leaving a natural contact. It displays VERY impressively. Ex Ed David and Marty Zinn collections.
ex. Ken Hollman
Because it is a cluster, and large, this is a really good example of this rare replacement! Grossular garnet has completely replaced a former epidote crystal cluster (floater, with the largest crystal 7 cm and doubly-terminated). On the grossular, later-formed diopside crystals have grown. The whole thing was encased in, and dissolved out of, calcite by the collector (Ken Hollman). In good shape and complete all around except for two small damage spots at the top right and top-left of the large crystal's termination (or this would be twice the price, as well). ex. Ken Hollman Collection
The bright, jewel-like garnets from this locality are treasured in old collections, and now hard to obtain on the market. This particularly showy specimen has super lustre, intense deep color, and good aesthetics - the isolation on contrasting crystallized matrix is unusual. The crystals reach 9 mm and leap out very 3-dimensionally. Unfortunately, although the left side crystals (the best part) are pristine, the large crystal on the right side, and another above it, are cleaved, and there is thus some damage on the specimen. However it displays very impressively, and in fact probably is best shown at a horizontal, and then the damaged crystals are in the bottom portion. Still, this is an old classics, very hard to come by today, and especially without "breaking the bank."
ex. Ken Hollman
An adorable little thumbnail, not expensive but just too cute to pass up and have left laying around with the less valuable parts of the colelction to be lost to time and collectors. ex. Ken Hollman Collection
ex. Ken Hollman
A rare replacement, classic for this locality! Grossular garnet has completely replaced a former epidote crystal cluster. Slightly contacted at each end, but displays well. ex. Ken Hollman Collection
ex. Ken Hollman
A rare replacement, classic for this locality! Grossular garnet has completely replaced a former epidote crystal cluster. Diopside crystals deposited later, accent the termination. ex. Ken Hollman Collection
ex. Ken Hollman
A rare replacement, classic for this locality! This is a super specimen with a large, 3-dimensional, sharp crystal at the top of a cluster of smaller ones. The Grossular garnet has completely replaced a former epidote crystal cluster. Diopside crystals deposited later, accent the termination. Although there is a slight contact to the right side of the replaced epidote termination, the termination is basically complete, and sure looks complete at first glance. Again, it is a very choice example for the style because of the sharpness of crystal habit here. ex. Ken Hollman Collection
ex. Ken Hollman
ex. Phil Scalisi
Grossular from Eden Mills is the standard to which other US localities must be compared. They have a richer, more red color saturation than material from Canada, and are quite distinct. Vesper Peak garnets have too dark a color in comparison - these are "just right" and not too dark, not too light. The brilliance and sharpness of these garnets is such that the piece looks carved...you can see, the photograph makes them look a little bit airbrushed, but this is not the case. They really are THAT sharp and symmetric.This specimen is unusual in the consistent color quality across the whole piece, the size of the crystals (to 1.8 cm), and in the fact that it is nearly a complete floater with no damage and only a small point of attachment on the lower backside. Tiny druses of quartz accent the 3-dimensionality of this piece, as well. It is, overall , a fullsized and competition quality miniature. This specimen was collected by Ken Hollman in 1969. For those who did not know him, Ken assembled one of the largest and most important collections of classic Eastern US material, and had excellent taste. He also was a consummate field collector and a particular expert on this locality. This was his favorite garnet specimen, out of the many he collected in his lifetime, as related to me by his friend Phil Scalisi (who owned the specimen until recently). Scalisi's label accompanies the specimen and relates that Hollman considered this "his very favorite Eden Mills piece. I exchanged it from Ken for several of my best Chessy Azurites."...and those were valuable pieces, I can say, having seen Hollman's extensive and important Chessy suite at one time. The specimen remained in Scalisi's collection for several decades, until its recent sale. Photo by Joe Budd
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