Andradite Garnet var. Melanite (Bill Larson Coll.)

Diakon, Kayes Region, Mali
Miniature, 3.5 x 2.3 x 1.4 cm
Start Time: 05/13/2009 5:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/21/2009 5:15:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

An elegant stacked cluster of highly lustrous, super sharp, black melanite garnets from the mid-1990s finds in Mali. The crowning, superb crystal is 1.8 cm and is pristine, complete all-around, though it has some attached feldspar. The small, tan feldspar crystals are a nice, contrasting accent. Melanite is the black, titanium-rich variety of andradite garnet. This is a real, cutie keeper from this find and the Bill Larson Collection.

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