Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Thumbnail, 1.7 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm
A stunning thumbnail, one that rgabbed me amidst hundreds of simply "small specimes" I have seen, as a piece with balance and significance that shows best in this size range, and not just "a small rock." This piece features a large, glassy and gemmy, grass-green demantoid crystal, measuring 1.7 cm in length, framed by smaller crystals. All of them are perched on a natural little pedestal of matrix and the cluster is complete all around. MUCH BETTER in person.