A large and showy specimen rich with deep chrome-green crystals of this rare garnet varietal. Old material, no longer coming out!
ex. Richard Kosnar
This large plate of the rare uvarovite garnet varietal 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) - according to MINDAT. For the collector, this is thus a historical specimen and a beauty. 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 a whopping 5.5 mm - DOZENS if not hundreds of them. Although there is some damage, it is relatively minor and lost amidst hundreds, literally, of bright and reflective pristine crystals on this plate. This specimen was in the Richard Kosnar collection since it came out of an old Russian collection in 2001. When I first saw it, my mouth dropped. I had no idea such a piece existed.
A huge crystal of just over 8mm, which is remarkable for this old classic locality, frozen in massive calcite matrix. Good Finland uvarovites are generally regarded as best of species, for size and intense color, and are now old classics hard to obtain. This is from an old German collection.
ex. Dr. Steve Smale
Uvarovite from this highly unusual ore locality set the standard for the species for hundreds of years. Large crystals from here, and this is one such at 1.7 cm, are highly desired by collectors of the classics. This is an aesthetic matrix piece featuring a large, complete crystal in copper-rich ore matrix. Recently in the Steve Smale collection, and previously from the Delerme collection (Paris). Joe Budd photos
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