Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Miniature, 5.3 x 5.2 x 2.4 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
A sinuous ribbon of glassy and gemmy, light olive-green demantoid crystals, to 1.5 cm across, is perched high on a white massive garnet matrix. A few of the crystals are also doubly terminated. The richness of the piece is good, as are the size of the crystals. The color is a little more olive than intensely green, but still at least comparable to most Italian demantoid of past finds, and pretty good by any standard. For overall aesthetics and richness in this price range, I thought this one of the better deals in the lot.