Grossular (Var: Hessonite), Amphibole Group (Var: Uralite)
Baita Mining District (Baita Bihor; Rezbanya), Nucet, Bihor Co., Romania
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 5.3 x 4.0 cm
A fine combination piece from a historic, but much less well-known Romanian locality - the Baita Mining District of Bihor County. Gemmy, lustrous, beautifully striated, golden-brown grossular garnets, variety hessonites, are richly and aesthetically scattered on a matrix of blocky, greenish-black uralite crystals. Uralite is the name given to pseudomorphs of hornblende group minerals after a pyroxene group mineral. The gemmy grossular garnet crystals reach 1.1 cm.