Andradite Var. Demantoid Garnet
Miniature, 5.3 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
Antetezambato, Ambanja District, Diana Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
From amazing new finds of 2009-2010, this piece features glassy and gemmy, richly green, demantoid crystals to 8 mm across. The crystals cascade nicely across the matrix for a dramatic display. They are particularly gemmy, even for this find. The white matrix was actually limestone which has been, amazingly, metamorphosed (metasomatized) into garnet in ancient geological time. Incredible origins for a matrix garnet specimen, and yet another reason to value this new deposit so highly. It is not certain at the moment that much more can come out of here, for various reasons. See here for more information on this find: Budd Photos