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

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