Andradite (Var: Melanite)
Kayes Region, Mali
Small Cabinet, 5.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
You are probably familiar with the yellow garnets that have been coming from Mali. Here is an extremely large melanite garnet, impressive in not just for its size, but also for its form and luster. It is a compound crystal, and you can see the sub-crystals extending architecturally around the sides. The crystal has fine symmetry. Ex. Bill Larson collection.