Andradite Garnet
Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Hexigten Banner, Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, China
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 7.3 x 4.4 cm

During the last decade, large, well-formed crystals of Andradite were produced from the skarns at Huanggang, a remote mine in Inner Mongolia that is now famous for multiple species. These olive-brown Andradite crystals have very good luster, a bit of iridescence, and a stepped growth on the faces that is both attractive and oft-associated with these Garnets. Save for the contacting on the bottom, the cluster is impressive all the way around, and shows beautifully in 360 degrees. The largest of the dodecahedrons on this small cabinet piece is a significant 4.7 cm across, and the aesthetics are excellent.