Andradite (Var: Demantoid)
Ghazni (Gazni) Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 9.2 x 5.2 x 3.9 cm
I have only seen a handful of these specimens over the years, and I always keep an eye out at shows for them because they're some of the better Demantoids outside of Europe/Russia in the world in my mind. This hand-sized display specimen hosts dozens of small, sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, bright green slightly modified dodecahedral crystals of Andradite (var "Demantoid") on schist matrix. 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. The beautiful color contrast on this piece is truly eye-catching, and it is not common to find cabinet sized specimens of this rare green Garnet.