Grossular (Var: Hessonite), Diopside, Clinochlore
Alpe delle Frasse, Condove, Susa Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 5.3 x 3.1 cm
Here is a fine European Alpine "classic." One of the most recognized associations from the Alps are the beautiful green and red Diopside and Grossular combinations from Italy. This piece features dozens of sharp, lustrous, gemmy, bright, reddish-orange color trapezohedral crystals of Grossular (variety: "Hessonite") with very light green (nearly colorless) crystals of Diopside with dark bluish-green "rosettes" of Clinochlore. This piece was collected in 1985. Ex. Richard Kosnar Collection.