Andradite (Var: Topazolite), Clinochlore
Yellow Cat Mine, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.2 x 5.4 x 2.5 cm
Topazolite is a rare variety of gem andradite garnet with the color and transparency of topaz. This superb specimen, from the Bill Larson Collection, features very gemmy and lustrous, golden-yellow crystals to 7 mm aesthetically set in a well-placed, elongate vug lined with sparkly clinochlore microcrystals. This striking specimen is from the November, 1998 find at the Yellow Cat Mine, San Benito County, California.