Andradite Garnet Pseudo. Rhodochrosite With Gaudefroyite
Miniature, 5.6 x 2.1 x 1.3 cm
Wessels Mine, Kalahari Manganese Fields, South Africa
We had only two such specimens in the whole collection of thousands of pieces, of these strange cast pseudomorphs of minutely crystallized, sparkling, andradite garnet that have replaced twinned rhodochrosite crystals. I had only ever seen 2 others, before. These look just like the famous pseudo-triangular crystals one saw from Mt St Hilaire in Quebec, in the 1980s. But, made of garnet! This one is shaped like a shield, very tapered, with the interior completely lined with crystals of gaudefroyite that stick out to one side.
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