Hedenbergite, Garnet Group
Dal'negorsk (Dalnegorsk; Tetyukhe; Tjetjuche; Tetjuche), Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
Thumbnail, 9.0 x 7.7 x 4.6 cm
I think this is an excellent and unusually attractive hedenbergite from the world famous deposits of Dal'negorsk, in the Russian far east. Most such pieces are squat and solid, but this is as elegant as a dark green, opaque, rockforming mineral can get. The diverging spray of variegated green, well terminated, and lustrous crystals to 9 cm (showing individual unobstructed faces to 6 cm), is occasionally dotted with rounded orange garnets up to .75 cm. 9 x 7.7 x 4.6 cm