Andradite (Var: Topazolite)
San Benito Co., California, USA
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.3 x 4.0 cm
This extraordinarily rich specimen features lustrous, olive-colored crystals of this rare varietal garnet richly scattered about on clinochlore surface. Crystals reach 8 mm which is large for the variety and locality. It is a superb, unusually 3-dimensional specimen. Isolated crystals fo this quality are rare on a specimen of such size, too. The color is a darker shade of olive green than some specimens mined perhaps 6 years ago by the Seibels, which had a more yellow hue to them in general. This is the classic old type and was collected by and in the collection of California dealer JP Cand, a friend of mine who tragically was lost to a freak accident while collecting earlier this year. Before his death, he had sold this specimen to San Diego collector Irv Brown for his California suite (which I purchased this fall). 10 x 7.3 x 4 cm