Garnet Var. Grossular
Cabinet, 9.7 x 5.2 x 4.1 cm
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
Ex. Francesco Spertini
Garnets from this locale seldom come out as isolated crystals on nice matrix plates! However, that is what we have here, with golf ball-like gem garnets perched smartly against dark matrix, and with great isolation on the larger crystal in particular! The major crystals, which reach 2 cm, are literally like "jeweled golf balls" in form. The quality on the piece, overall, is just through the roof. This is actually part of a famous large specimen called the "dinner plate" from the collection of longtime chief mine geologist at this important industrial locality, Francesco Spertini. When I got the piece, which was very large, I took the risk of trimming this portion of the specimen away from the major block of matrix, because there was a big empty gap and a little damage in-between the parts of the single piece. It improved both pieces, as a result. The major portion of the specimen has the same style, just bigger overall (and was priced necessarily) ... and in any case, this is a full sized small cab, perfect in size for any collection. Joe Budd photos.