Sibinndi, Nioro du Sahel Circle, Kayes Region, Mali
Thumbnail, 2.8 x 1.7 x 1.6 cm
From the exciting finds of last year in Mali, three sharp yellow garnets of textbook form. From a collector who commented on these last time we posted a few: "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 am surprised that the body color is not 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.