Granatenkogel Mt. (north slope), Gaisberg valley, Obergurgl, Gurgler valley, Otz valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria
Large Cabinet, 19.9 x 13.6 x 10.0 cm
Sharp, classic crystals of this garnet species in schist, from the classic old European locale which has fascinated collectors and mineralogists for hundreds of years. These crystals are sharp. What is remarkable about this specimen is its overall size and the quality of the isolated crystals, obviously...but even more interesting me is the fact that somebody worked very carefully to excavate the crystals from the overlaying schist without damaging and scratching them up. Most often, these specimens, especially older ones, are polished for the beauty of it, from ignorance, or to hide scratches from excavating the crystals. These crystals, though, have their natural surfaces remaining.