Gorgeous classic dodecahedron with excellent deep green color and superb luster. This is a huge (1.3 cm!)crystal and thus an important specimen for the species, with just minor edge wear when most of them you see are worn heavily or damaged from being popped out of the calcite. This one, however, seems to have been freestanding in the pocket and so the faces are not affected by removal of the calcite by acid or physical means. You won’t see this size and quality often in this classic old garnet varietal!
Uvarovite is one of the most elusive species of Garnet out there. There are only a few localities around the world that produce fine quality crystals, are rarely are they gemmy or large enough to facet gems of any significance. I want to point out that this is indeed genuine Uvarovite, as there have been many non-Uvarovites on the market when they are actually another species, i.e., Grossular, Pyrope, etc. This Freeform” cut gem shows a very very dark emerald green color and a few visible inclusions, but this is a very good sized stone of this remarkably rare material. It is amazing to consider the size of the crystal from which this stone was cut.
ex. Martin Lewadny
A sharp, lustrous, deep green Uvarovite garnet crystal with excellent emerald-green color from the famous Outokumpu Mine of Finland. The sharp, 1.2 cm crystal has textbook dodecahedral form and is in remarkably good condition. Uvarovite is the calcium chromium garnet group end member. This is a classic specimen from a premier locality, with a relatively large crystal. It makes for a very aesthetic thumbnail
9.1 x 4.4 x 2.7 cm. This is a specimen of very rare FINNISH uvarovite garnet! If you have seen any uvarovites lately, they have probably been the Russian ones that are still coming out. But though pretty, they are nothing more than druses of microcrystals - the individual crystals too small to be seen by the naked eye. This specimen has four crystals measuring to 0.5 cm (5 mm) across. A rare locality piece. Ex. A.E. Seaman Museum.
8.0 x 4.8 x 0.7 cm. These druses of uvarovite garnets are spectacularly sparkly and bright in person. What makes this one really remarkable is that where usually they appear as a solid druse of small crystals, these are actually isolated on a grey background, so the absolutely jump out at you in a way the average ones do not. Ex. Marty Zinn.
2.1 x 1.9 x 1.2 cm. An UNCOMMONLY LARGE and lustrous, dark green uvarovite garnet crystal from an UNCOMMON locality - Laghman Province, Afghanistan. This large, blocky crystal is pristine and complete all-around. SUPER representative for the species and locality.
1.3 x 1.0 x 1.0 cm. A sharp, lustrous, deep green uvarovite garnet crystal with emerald-green highlights from the famous Outokumpu Mine of Finland. The partially gemmy crystal has textbook dodecahedral form and the slight contact is on the base on the back and is out of sight. Uvarovite is the calcium chromium garnet group end member. Classic, old-time material from this famous locality.
11.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 cm. A fine Russian uvarovite plate comprised of small, sparkly, green crystals sprinkled on matrix.
6.4 x 5.2 x 1.1 cm. This is a fine plate of Russian uvarovite covered with beautiful crystals, in their typical small size, but incredible luster.
6.9 x 5.5 x 0.9 cm. This plate of uvarovite garnets from Russia came out of the personal garnet collection of Bill Larson (of Pala Properties). Crystals are invariably small; but, in fact, rather than being just a druse of tiny crystals, the crystals here are actually quite eye-visible and large enough to show flashing faces under good light.
2.3 x 2.1 x 1.1 cm. A sharp, lustrous, partially gemmy, emerald-green uvarovite garnet crystal perched atop matrix from the famous Outokumpu Mine of Finland. The partially gemmy crystal has textbook dodecahedral form and is partially contacted on the top and back. Uvarovite is the uncommon calcium chromium garnet group end-member. Classic, old-time material from this famous locality and is highly representative of the species and locale. Ex. Dick Jones Collection.
Gorgeous classic dodecahedron with excellent deep green color and superb luster. This is a huge (1.3 cm!)crystal and thus an important specimen for the species, with just minor edge wear when most of them you see are worn heavily or damaged from being popped out of the calcite. This one, however, seems to have been freestanding in the pocket and so the faces are not affected by removal of the calcite by acid or physical means. You wonâ€™t see this size and quality often in this classic old garnet varietal! 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.5 cm
This well-balanced miniature features a dramatic , nearly complete 1 cm crystal of deep green garnet perched on calcite matrix! The crystal has a few bruises but is complete on the display faces, anyhow. Such pieces are old classics, and rarely seen in such display quality. 6 x 5 x 3 cm
18.3 x 13.1 x 2.0 cm. This large plate of rare uvarovite is the largest and finest I personally know of or have seen. Since 1832 when they were found at this, the Type Locality for the species, this garnet has been the standard of excellence for a green garnet species. Named after Count Sergey Semeonovich Uvarov (1786-1855), Russian statesman and scholar, President of the Academy of St Petersburg (1818-1855). This plate is museum-sized, and rich in quality as well as having that size. Uvarovite crystals do not grow so large as other species of garnet, especially from this locality where most crystals are sub-mm in size and 2mm crystals are considered noteworthy. This specimen has crystals to 5.5 mm - dozens if not hundreds of them. This specimen was in the Richard Kosnar collection since it came out of an old, Russian collection in 2001.
Vivid and sparkly green chrome-rich uvarovite garnets to 3 mm richly coating matrix from the TYPE LOCALITY in the Ural Mountains. About one-half of the garnets are preferentially coated with a second generation of uvarovite.. 6.8 x 4.3 x 2.7 cm
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