Grossular Garnet on Idocrase
Eden Mills, Lowell, Vermont, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 4.4 x 3.4 cm
The bright, jewel-like garnets from this locality are treasured in old collections, and now hard to obtain on the market. This particularly showy specimen has super luster, intense deep color, and good aesthetics - the isolation on contrasting crystallized matrix is unusual. The crystals reach 9 mm and leap out very 3-dimensionally. Unfortunately, although the left side crystals (the best part) are pristine, the large crystal on the right side, and another above it, are cleaved, and there is thus some damage on the specimen. However it displays very impressively, and in fact probably is best shown at a horizontal, and then the damaged crystals are in the bottom portion. Still, this is an old classics, very hard to come by today, and especially without "breaking the bank."