Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Miniature, 3.3 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
A large thumbnail, perfect and balanced! Sitting perfectly on a matrix of metasomatized (metamorphosed from limestone) garnet, is a glassy and gemmy, jewel-like, richly green, demantoid crystal measuring 1.4 cm in length. It is complete ALL AROUND and has excellent luster and color to it! Small parts of several back faces show unusual (for garnet) incipient hoppered growth patterning. Overall, an outstanding, full-sized thumbnail specimen! There are many small specimens from the find, yes; but few with such quality and balance overall to make them more than just a small sample, and rather a great thumbnail specimen.