Andradite Garnet
Grube St. Chistoph, near Breitenbrun, Ehrenfriedersdorf, Erzebirge, Saxony, Germany
Miniature, 5.0 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm
WOW! A SHARP, lustrous, very well-formed garnet crystal measuring just over 2.5 cm across, here lays well-exposed on a nicely trimmed matrix! I had never seen one of these before myself, and so I showed it to a few people who know better the more uncommon European material - and they were very impressed. It was mined from the Upper level of this (much older) mine in 1960-1962 and was apparently a one-time find of just a few specimens. I am told by Leithauser and others that this is one of the bery best, of the top few pieces. Formerly in the collection of noted German collector Paul Stahl and sold to Leithauser by German dealer Helmut Brueckner.