Andradite (Var: Demantoid)
Antetezambato (Tetezambato), Ambanja District, Diana (Northern) Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 5.6 x 2.8 cm
Recently (2008-2009), there was a discovery of some of outstanding quality Demantoid Garnets in Madagascar. The quality and color of these crystals rivals pieces I have seen from Italy, Namibia or even Russia. This specimen hosts dozens of very sharp, highly lustrous, excellent quality, rich green color, gemmy, modified dodecahedral and trapezohedral Demantoid crystals on a contrasting white matrix. The luster on these crystals is superb for Demantoid, and the largest crystal measures a full 8 mm, which is very good sized for the find. Please note that under halogen lights, the crystals appear a bit lighter in color, but under mercury bulbs, the color is very intense.