Grossular Garnet
Vesper Peak, Sultan Mining Dist., Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
Thumbnail, 2.9 x 2.2 x 1.3 cm
Ex. Dr. Alex Schauss
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Cluster of highly lustrous gemmy amber-orange-cinnamon colored, pseudo-rhombic but dodecahedral crystals. From Alex's notes: Self-collected at an elevation of 6,214 feet mid-August 1978 with permission of lease holder, Bart Cannon (Des Hines and Gil Newman claim). Hiked to the exposed outcrop, otherwise only accessible by helicopter for just 6-8 weeks in the summer due to snow cover. this specimen has crystals over 1 cm, inclusters to just over 2 cm across. John Lindell, who has mined this deposit for many years said this specimen holds one of the largest crystals he has seen, although a few “Crystals to over 2.5 cm have been found.” See article on the mine in Rocks & Minerals, 66(6), 478-482, 1991.