Andradite (Var: Demantoid)
Ghazni (Gazni) Province, Afghanistan
Cabinet, 11.5 x 9.3 x 5.6 cm
These some of the better Demantoids outside of Europe/Russia in the world in my mind. This hand-sized specimen hosts dozens of small, sharp, highly lustrous, gemmy, bright green 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.