Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Cabinet, 9.7 x 6.7 x 3.8 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Nestled on a thin matrix of massive garnet is a continuous, flowing cluster of flat-lying, extraordinarily glassy and gemmy, olive-green demantoid crystals, to 1.5 cm across. The two largest crystals also exhibit clear signs of hopper growth, rare in members of the garnet family. This is a splendid example from this find with very rich coverage, and in superb condition. It displays both vertically and horizontally to equal effect. In person, it sends out flashes from the dozens of crystals and hundreds of faces present (many quite large, recall). This much topazolite on one piece, is an extreme rarity by previous standards for the species, as well