Andradite Var. Topazolite Garnet
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Nestled aesthetically in a massive, metamorphosed garnet matrix, is a cluster of glassy and gemmy, rich, cognac-colored crystals of topazolite. In size they reach to 1.5 cm across. A few crystals exhibit clear evidence of hopper growth, rarely seen in the garnet family of minerals. The crystals are extremely large for topazolite. They have superb luster, and most are translucent enough to look through to the matrix underneath (as you can see in the photos). Interestingly.