Grossular Garnet (Halpern Collection)
Vesper Peak, Sultan Mining Dist., Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
Miniature, 4.3 x 2.9 x 2.2 cm
Ex. Jack Halpern

Among the most rare Garnets in the USA are these sparkling, gemmy Grossular Garnets with immediately recognizable unique color, from the remote mountaintops of the Cascades. Field collecting them is extremely difficult and good specimens are seldom seen. This is an exceptional display quality miniature that features a remarkable and simply huge 3.5 cm compound crystal atop (over 3 cm across the horizontal front face !) ; that is complete all around, and in nearly pristine condition (only contacted at the very bottom ). It is oriented naturally so that it shows off all of the lustrous and colorful Garnets in this cluster beautifully. It was probably collected 20 years or more ago by John Lindell, one of the better known of the collectors of this region of the USA. The specimen just leaps out on a shelf and is certainly among the better examples of this size range, I have seen on the market. So far as I know, nothing really good has come out of here in decades and this remains a legendary, hard to collect, US locality. It has to be one of the best miniatures...nothing we have seen for sale really comes close in overall terms to the crystal size on this specimen and that crystal is complete all around, on both sides and edges! An old specimen from the old days of small mountaintop finds here, sold to Jack by Ken Roberts in the 1990s and Ex. Jack Halpern collection.