Andradite Var. Topazolite Garnet
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 5.2 x 1.8 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Topazolite is a rare variety of andradite garnet, and this specimen hosts what surely must be among the larger crystals of the species. Clustered on contrasting matrix, this superb matrix topazolite specimen features glassy and gemmy, olive-green to cognac-colored crystals, to a whopping 2.5 cm across (HUGE). The large crystal, as well as one or two others, exhibits incipient hopper growth patterning, which is rarely seen in the garnet family of minerals. All crystals on the display face are pristine and complete! Also, even in the photos you can see they are 100% transparent, so gemmy you can look right through the garnets to the underlaying matrix.
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