Andradite (Var: Demantoid)
Veracruz, Mexico
Thumbnail, 1.1 x 0.6 x 0.6 cm
Demantoid garnets are rare from anywhere. This is an extraordinarily uncommon MEXICAN demantoid - a complete one with textbook form atop a compound crystal. Though it certainly would not win any awards for size or clarity, it is the rarity as a locality specimen that makes it special.