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

Antetezambato, Ambanja, Madagascar
Thumbnail, 2.3 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm
Start Time: 04/28/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/05/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
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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 a few sharp, lustrous, excellent quality, beautiful green color, gemmy, modified, dodecahedral Demantoid crystals on beautiful contrasting white matrix. The largest Demantoid crystal measures 14 mm, which is GREAT for the find and Demantoid in general. 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 thumbnail 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! Hard to photograph, better in person, and just amazing to see GREEN Garnet crystals this from any locality.

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