Gaisberg glacier, Gaisberg valley, Obergurgl, Gurgler valley, Otz valley, North Tyrol, Tyrol, Austria
Cabinet, 12.0 x 11.3 x 4.6 cm
A classic example of the famous old Austrian garnets which exhibit such wonderful crystallography despite their large size (to 4 cm, here). This specimen I particularly like because it is preserved au many of these have the surfaces slightly buffed by the collectors or dealers in olden times to make them "pretty" - but to me, that practice ruins the piece in some ways. This is one of the better unadulterated specimens of the material I have had, for its overall size and aesthetics. 12 x 11.3 x 4.6 cm