Grossular Var. Hessonite Garnet
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 7.0 x 4.5 cm
Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Ex. Herb Obodda
Excellent specimen of large, dark red Hessonite Garnet crystals, emplaced on a garnet-rich matrix. The Garnets have good to very good luster, heavily modified habits with beautifully beveled edges, and they are translucent to gemmy. You can see just how gemmy and rich they are below some of the mirror faces. The largest crystal is a substantial 3.2 cm across, even with contacting along one side. The crystals are in fine condition, with very few actual dings. There is even a band of an attractive, dark blue mineral encased within the matrix. The luster and size of the Hessonite Garnets make this specimen a fascinating piece with good aesthetics.