Andradite Garnet
LAB chrysotile Mine, Black Lake, Quebec, Canada
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.6 x 0.9 cm

I was able to obtain access to a small private collection of a longtime French-Canadian field collector, which was quietly dispersed at Tucson of 2014. In that collection were two superb gem green andradite garnets from the famous Black Lake district, of which this is one. It is a complete floater, terminated all around. Small prehnite or perhaps adularia crystals dot the surface. The crystal is unusual in that it is "flattish," constrained in its development on one axis only.