Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Small Cabinet, 8.2 x 7.0 x 3.2 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Glassy and gemmy, deep green, demantoid crystals, to 1 cm across, are scattered about aesthetically from top to bottom on massive garnet matrix. Several crystals are also doubly terminated. There are 5 crystals to about 1 cm, and the eye goes right to them. The piece as a whole is 3-dimensional and not a flat plate, as it appears in the photos. Really, neither are the garnets - they "pop out" quite nicely. The color here is slightly olive-hued, not quite the most rich green, but very good nonetheless. luster and transparency are high. In fact the color looks Italian, in hue, but with better luster than usual. If this were Italian, it would be twice the price, from the classic locales there!