Andradite Garnet var. Demantoid
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.3 x 2.0 cm
Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Antsakoamanondro, Ambanja, Diana, Madagascar
Ex. Dr. Federico Pezzotta

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From the direct source, an owner of the mining claims, a superb, gorgeous green, Demantoid Garnet crystal from Madagascar. This piece features a large, glassy, transparent to translucent, rich dark olive green Demantoid crystal with distinct and complex crystal faces with a smaller, 1cm crystal offset to one side. The color, luster and internal "fire" of this piece certainly qualifies it as an excellent example of Demantoid, and it is a HUGE and significant crystal! In fact, this is a boxbuster thumbnail or, since it really is such a commanding size, a toenail in Tucson competition sizes. Ex. Frederico Pezzotta personal collection with label. Federico consults for the government on mineral resources there, and has interest in mines. This important specimen was long in his collection, and really is one of the largest quality demantoids known from Madagascar.

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