Andradite var. Topazolite
Antetezambato Demantoid-Topazolite Mine, Ambanja, Diana, Madagascar
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 6.1 x 4.4 cm
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Brilliantly lustrous crystals of the rare variety of Garnet, Topazolite, cover much of the display face on a starkly contrasting Calcite matrix. The crystals reach 1 cm in size and they are like little translucent to transparent, olive green-yellow, incredibly bright and flashy interconnected jewels. There are more crystals on the backside as well that are more isolated and one crystal there is 1.3 cm across! They are razor sharp, very three-dimensional compared to the usual more flat style found in the majority of Topazolite Garnets worldwide and their contrast on the white matrix is dramatic. The piece is large, dramatic, and very flashy in person. This location was only briefly productive and is now very scarcely producing, as it is at the tidal zone of ocean flooding and mining has always been extremely difficult here.