Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Small Cabinet, 5.4 x 3.4 x 3.2 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar

Perched aesthetically on top of the matrix are clusters of demantoid crystals to 1.5 cm in length. The crystals are glassy and gemmy and exhibit an olive green color. I really like the way each cluster is separated from the other, very 3-dimensionally, and shows many faces to maximum effect. Some incipient hopper growth is also noted on one or two crystals, which is unusual. The specimen is a large miniature or small cab, borderline in size. It showcases the crystals very well and is MUCH better in person. The color is brown-olive, as if it is in between topazolite and demantoid in hue

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