Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Sitting on contrasting, massive garnet matrix is a drapery of interconnected glassy and gemmy, olive-green demantoid crystals to 1 cm across. They have superb glassy luster! The large display face is very rich, and pristine except for one small ding in the middle, on a large crystal's side face. Several crystals exhibit clear evidence of hopper growth, rarely seen in the garnet family.