Grossular Garnet with Vesuvianite

Sierra de Cruces, Coahuila, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 8.2 x 7.7 cm
Start Time: 11/18/2021 6:45:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/27/2021 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

Well-formed, translucent, and vibrant, these raspberry-colored Grossular Garnets are attractively set on Quartz matrix. Many of the individual crystals are well-exposed, so that you can fully appreciate their form and color. Habits range from dodecahedrons to more modified dodecs, with numerous Grossulars to 1 cm, and over. They have good luster, fine color, and there is even an attached Vesuvianite crystal, which adds greatly to the mineral interest. There is a little wear on just a few of the crystals, but this actually allows you to see the color zoning in the crystals as some of the black cores are exposed. Fascinating growth and chemistry. Sierra de Cruces in Mexico is renowned for these particular Grossulars, which came out in the mid-late 1990s. Aesthetic, instantly recognizable, and uncommon, these are some of the most distinctive Garnets in the world, with good specimens hard to come by these days. Less quality specimens have been seen at shows, already priced in the thousands. They simply are not on market From the collection of East Coast collector, George Elling, specializing in historic minerals of the East Coast and minerals from the development of old European mineralogy.