- Grossular Garnet
- Miniature, 4.2 x 3.7 x 3.3 cm
- Handan Prefecture, Hebei Province, China
An interesting and unusual Grossular Garnet cluster of translucent-to-gemmy modified dodecahedra. The color is the most intriguing - a yellow gold that is subtle, very distinctive, and rarely seen in Garnets from anywhere. The largest Garnet is about 1.2 cm across, with the average crystal being about .4 cm. The piece is from a find at the beginning of 2012, and to my knowledge, is one of only a few that were found. There is a little bit of bruising, but the overall condition is very good, and the aesthetics are also good. I have to admit, this find got by my nose in China and I only saw a few pieces turn up on the aftermarket. I was surprised, and have been looking for more. It seems to have been a one-off pocket, though.