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Andradite Garnet (Geode / "Coconut") (new find) viewBack to FINE MINERAL COLLECTION and INVENTORY LIQUIDATION AUCTION (set 2 of 2) - FEATURING SPECIMENS FROM THE KAY ROBERTSON COLLECTION - end Thursday January 17th, 2019

Pampa Blanca District, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru
  • Starting Time:1/10/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:1/17/2019 06:45:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Size:CABINET
  • Size Description:11.4 x 8.1 x 7.7 cm

Description:We recently acquired a very small parcel of these new an interesting Andradite Garnets from a good friend in Peru. We're told that they're coming from the Pampa Blanca District, but we don't have 100% confirmation on the locality. The locals call these specimens "coconuts" as they form in hollow geode-shaped "spheres", which are cracked open to reveal multiple generations / layers of different colored Garnet. The exterior of the piece shows a dark reddish-brown hue with sharp trapezohedral crystals, but the broken edges of the piece show multi-layered banding which range from reddish-brown to green to golden. Minor Quartz and Epidote can be seen on the exterior of the piece. This one actually has a bit of attached matrix, which is unusual for the material in my experience. The largest single Garnet on the exterior measures a full 5.2 cm across. Several crystals are complete, though you can see they are contacted along the periphery where the piece was removed from the pocket wall. A very cool and unusual Garnet specimen that would make a great addition a Garnet suite, a Peruvian collection or a collection of mineral oddities. Valued at $800.

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