Large Uvarovite Garnet (Type Locality) with Calcite

Saranovskii Mine, Permskaya Oblast, Middle Urals, Russia
Cabinet, 12.4 x 7.2 x 1.8 cm
Start Time: 05/21/2011 6:45:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/26/2011 6:30:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Two generations of scintillating, gemmy, emerald-green uvarovite garnet crystals really sparkle on the hefty chromite matrix on this very rich and excellent large plate from the Type Locality in Russia - the Saranovskii Mine in the Urals. The larger, darker crystals really look like emeralds, are up to 2 mm and have textbook dodecahedral form. Uvarovite is the uncommon calcium chromium garnet group endmember. The two clusters of glassy, white calcite are a super contrast and accent! The back has been sawed to enhance the display quality. Specimens of this quality haven't been available since the early 1990s, except for a few old lots resurfacing. THIS IS ONE OF THE VERY BEST LARGE PLATE REMAINING IN OUR INVENTORY OF THIS MATERIAL, ALL PURCHASED FROM AN OLD COLLECTION.

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