Andradite (Var: Melanite)
Cabinet, 10.0 x 7.7 x 3.4 cm
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
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!