Primorsky Kray, Far Eastern Region,
6.9 x 4.1 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
Dark but gemmy Andradite Garnets well exposed on the matrix. The color is a dark red but with strong lighting an oil green to yellow color is seen on some crystals. This locality is well known for the great Quartz crystals often included by Hedenbergite, but the Garnets are also quite choice. These are arranged in both tight clusters and also more isolated. In person the luster is excellent, bright and glassy. Some small rough edges and contacts but overall in very nice condition.
Andradite -classic locale
Dognaczka, Banat Mountains
Caras Severin Co.,
6.4 x 4.6 x 4.8 CM (cabinet)
Glassy isolated crystals of Andradite with some Calcite presenting several habits. Some Garnet crystals here show uncommon cubic faces, and reach to 2.1 CM. An older specimen dating back to the era when this was part of Hungary.
Andradite- Ex Carter Rich
Nance Pegmatite mine, Moneta Forest, Bedford County
3.2 x 3.6 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A single crystal of Andradite Garnet from this little known Virginia locality. Ex Carter Rich specimen, it is rare to see any good pegmatite specimens from this area of Virginia. The crystal is about 70% complete, there is a contact area on one edge and backside but from the front side most faces are sharp and show good form. Cater had offered this specimen for sale in 2009 for 550.00 he considered it significant.
Andradite (var. polyadelphite)
Franklin/ Sterling Hill
4.8 x 4.1 x 3.8 CM (miniature)
Sharp Franklin New Jersey Garnets with the Orange-Brown color that was once called Polyadelphite. This is a Mg rich type of Andradite, but it is not recognized as a separate specie and the name is not used as much now. This is an old specimen, there are several collection numbers and one handwritten label attached. The main Garnet is 2.3 cm across, the form is quite good and relatively complete for one of these. Classic Franklin material this looks like others I have seen from the Buckwheat but there is no further information. A choice Franklin crystal.
2.8 x 2.7 x 1.6 CM (thumbnail)
Worldwide mix summer
A bright and attractive thumbnail of gem clear Garnets from Vera Cruz that was added to the Les Hitchings collection in 1983. This is an almost perfect match to the look of the new find of Andradites from Vera Cruz in 2016. The new find was very big news since no one had ever seen such fine garnets from that area, and there was speculation that they came from elsewhere, no exact locality was given. The new find was quickly exhausted but this specimen shows that area has in the past produced some very pretty Andradite, and perhaps it will again someday.
A bright, sharp and lustrous Garnet cluster from the early finds at Huanggang. In fine condition the individual Andradites are up to 1.5 CM though most are a bit smaller. The color is a deep mahogany brown that can look nearly black in some light. A choice small specimen from the now famous Inner Mongolian mineral belt.
Andradite with Actinolite (Uralite)
Stanley Mine, Graham Co.
3.4 x 2.7 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Unusually sharp, isolated and nicely composed, this is a lot more esthetic than most specimens from this well known locale. No damage, 3 dimensional specimen that can easily be trimmed to make a fine thumbnail.
Andradite with Calcite
N'chwaning Mine, Kalahari Fields, Kuruman
Northern Cape Province,
2.8 x 2.5 x 1.4 CM (thumbnail)
An unusually good, sizable crystal aggregate of Kalihari Andradite Garnet. The great NChwaning mine is famous for its red colored minerals, especially the Rhodochrosites. Many other less colorful species from here are dusted with tiny bright red Andradites, typically micro crystals. This piece shows well formed distinct and colorful crystals very sizable not like what is usually seen. In excellent condition.