Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Cabinet, 9.5 x 7.3 x 5.3 cm

Perched high on its matrix of sedimentary rock, which has been metasomatized (metamorphosed) to a slightly yellowish, micro-crystallized garnet, is a cluster of glassy and gemmy, light emerald-green demantoids, to nearly 1 cm across. Many of the equant crystals also appear to be doubly terminated. Nice aesthetics, as they hang freestanding off the side of the matrix! Interestingly, the matrix reminds me of the shape of Texas, with the garnets shooting off to the top...THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL, larger specimen with an aesthetic crystal grouping overall, for the price