Sibinndi, Nioro du Sahel Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
Miniature, 3.4 x 2.9 x 1.9 cm
From the exciting new find in Mali, three sharp yellow garnets of textbook form. You have probably seen these Mali garnets before, but this is truly the absolute TOP in quality! very few have this glassy luster! From a knowledgeable collector: "Ugrandites are a rare intermediate between andradite and grossular. In other words, Mali Garnet. This series leans toward the andradite end, in my opinion. What seems to be unique is the very strong presence of chromium. I'm surprised that the body color isn't more green. I imagine that is due to the presence of color killing iron. I thought this might interest you." Well, that is more than what we knew; we had heard that they were under study to see if they were demantoid var. topazolite garnet. Anyway, this is a cluster of three crystals, again with the very rare (for these) GLASSY luster. I really like the unusual color of these - this is certainly a very atypical color for garnets, and beautiful in its own way.