Andradite (Var: Demantoid)
Jeffrey mine (Jeffrey quarry; Johns-Manville mine), Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Quebec, Canada
Small Cabinet, 7.4 x 4.5 x 2.0 cm
Discrete, intense apple-green, gemmy and lustrous andradite garnets variety demantoid are richly strewn on the sculptural matrix on this fine piece from a new 2009 find at the Jeffrey Mine. The crystals reach 5 mm and are dodecahedrons modified by the trapezohedron. The gemmy green crystals are beautifully complimented by the snow-white amphibole on the serpentine matrix. There are even more gems on the back, as an added bonus.