Wrangell Island, Wrangell-Petersburg Borough, Alaska, USA
Small Cabinet, 7.8 x 6.3 x 3.3 cm
A beautiful 3.5 x 2.7 cm, gemmy and lustrous, isolated, translucent, deep burgundy red almandine garnet set in a wedge of silvery biotite schist matrix. The locality is well known for dodecahedral almandine crystals with trapezohedral edge modifications. However, few of this size and quality were found, relatively speaking. And today, they have nearly dried up compared to even 20 years ago when they could be had (in small sizes) at any show. This is a huge crystal, superb even by standards of the old days. Once moderately common, today, they are much less commonly available in this quality.