Andradite (Var: Demantoid)
Ghazni (Gazni) Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 7.1 x 3.7 cm
This hand-sized display specimen hosts a few sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, rich green, slightly modified dodecahedral crystals of Andradite (var "Demantoid") on schist matrix. The largest crystal measures 9 mm across. Please note that these crystals show a color change from a "mint green" color to a very rich "lime green" hue in different lighting. Under halogen lights, the crystals appear more pastel, but under mercury bulbs, the color is very intense.