Andradite (Var: Melanite)
Dallas Gem Mine (Benitoite Mine; Benitoite Gem Mine; Gem Mine), Dallas Gem Mine area, San Benito River headwaters area, New Idria District, Diablo Range, San Benito Co., California
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.7 x 3.4 cm
When you hear San Benito County, you think of two things: benitoite and neptunite. But once in awhile, the locality produced these fine garnets - with a super-shiny, almost metallic looking luster and razor sharpness. These measure to 0.8 cm, and are attractively isolated on the matrix. Ex. Elling Collection - an uncommon locality piece!