Andradite (var: "Demantoid") (new find!)

Antetezambato, Ambanja, Madagascar
Small Cabinet, 7.1 x 5.6 x 2.8 cm
Start Time: 11/12/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/19/2009 6:45:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Recently, there was a discovery of some of outstanding quality Demantoid Garnets in Madagascar. The quality and color of these crystals rivals pieces I have seen from Italy, Namibia or even Russia. This specimen hosts dozens of very sharp, HIGHLY lustrous, excellent quality, rich green color, gemmy, modified dodecahedral and trapezohedral Demantoid crystals on a contrasting white matrix. The luster on these crystals is superb for Demantoid, and the largest crystal measures a full 8 mm, which is very good sized for the find. I cannot say for certain if there will be more of these pieces, but this is a great opportunity for Garnet collectors to purchase a fine quality display specimen of this highly sought after variety of Andradite. Please note that under halogen lights, the crystals appear a bit ligher in color, but under mercury bulbs, the color is very intense!

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