Almandine-Spessartine Series
Ialamitana, Sahanivotry Commune, Antsirabe 2 District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
Thumbnail, 2.1 x 1.9 x 1.1 cm
A sharp, textbook crystal of spessartine, not your usual Pakistani one but an uncommon one from Madagascar. It is perched on a perfectly-trimmed natural "base" of matrix. The crystal itself measures 1.4 cm. It is shown here under natural light, but under strong light you can see flashes of red - it is actually a deep red all through. Ex. Noted thumbnail collection of Allan Young.[Note: The garnets from Ialamitana, has been found to be an intermediate almandine-spessartine, MinRec 29, p. 132]