Garnet Var. Demantoid
Belqeys Mountain, near Takab, West Azerbaijan
Thumbnail, 2.6 x 2.1 x 1.9 cm
This is one of my favorite thumbnails, presenting a 2 cm crystal perfectly displayed on a pedestal of matrix. It is a superb specimen, for aesthetics, with the sharpest faces. Complete on front and sides, it is only slightly contacted in rear. From new finds in a remote part of Iran in late 2013, these premiered at the Tucson show of 2014.