Grossular from Jeffrey Mine that is transparent, has fine orange color and has several slender crystals of Diopside seen inside the Garnet. Aside from some very small contacts and rough edges this is in fine condition. The luster is glass-like and this crystal has very few striations on the large faces which makes it easy to see through these windows into the crystal. Ex Larry White thumbnail collection, he obtained this in the early 80's when the mine was still active and great things were being found.
Seydar, Hoh Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu district, Baltistan
5.2 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
Dark red-brown clusters of Grossular Garnets that are partly transparent and have minimal matrix. In very good condition, some of the Garnets have contacts or internal cracks that reflect light and in photos look like damage. Crystallized all around from a find at Seydar in the Braldu Valley, this is a not well documented locality.
An American classic. The most desirable of the famed "Eden Mills" garnets are the gemmy red-orange crystals on contrasting green Diopside crystals. This legendary quarry has been closed for decades, this style of Grossular is unique to the lower reaches of the site, it is quite different from anyplace else on earth. This is an especially cute thumbnail the small Garnet is an inter-grown trio of crystals that contrasts well with the matrix. In fine condition damage-wise by naked eye but with good magnification a chip is seen. Not for perfectionists but that keeps the cost well below normal market for a specimen of this sort.
Grossular -rare colorless crystals
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.3 x 3 x 2.2 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
Garnets that are colorless are surprisingly rare world wide, only a few small finds have ever been made. Grossular that is colorless and gem clear is even more rare, and a choice matrix specimen packed with crystals is exceptional. The largest crystal on this piece is 1.1 CM in diameter, quite huge for the specie. From the great Jeffrey mine, this is a choice very glassy piece in fine condition. For any serious Garnet collection, this is hard to capture in photos but is great in person.
Grossular -Gemmy crystals
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
3.1 x 2.1 1.3 CM (small miniature/ large thumbnail (toenail))
A cluster or stack of very lustrous Garnets with the classic color and form that made the Jeffrey Mine world famous. This is the flattened type of cluster with no matrix, it is entirely contacted on the back as was the case with this style, fully translucent and mostly transparent. This type of specimen was sometimes used as a sort of natural jewelry, mounted or wire wrapped as is or with the back ground flat. A very good value these Garnets show characteristic striations and growth hillocks. A fine modern classic from a source that will never again produce anything.
Grossular v. Hessonite
Colle del Paschietto, Balme, Ala Valley, Lanzo, Turin
5 x 3.8 x 3 CM (small cabinet/ large miniature)
An old Garnet specimen from the Piedmont that has nice light cinnamon brown Grossular on a contrasting white Feldspar. This locality is very close to the metropolitan city of Turin, in the Ala valley. Ex Sommondetti collection, this is in good condition, the main Garnets are perfect and are up to 1 CM diameter. The Rodingite outcrops of the Piedmont are justly famed for their Epidote, Vesuvianite and especially Garnets. The Garnet color is not typical and the matrix is very unusual as it is usually a Clinoclore and Rodingite mixture.
SOLD Grossular -
stock #SOLD 13.1-151
Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Sierra Mojada
5.7 x 3.9 x 2.4 CM (cabinet)
A super piece with crystals over 2 CM across that are well exposed and present a very three dimensional effect. In very good condition overall the main crystals are all complete, undamaged and have just a few contacts. The color is top for the locale, a deep cranberry red with hints of purple tones. The Garnets contrast well with the white matrix. This locale has not produced anything for a few years, and is now a modern classic. The color and habit of these Grossular is unique.
Classic locality specimen with well formed Garnets up to 1.9 CM across. These brown crystals contrast well with a blue Calcite and Feldspar matrix. This locality has produced both Adradite and Grossular in the skarn and this was previously identified as Grossular but it likely is zoned and has at least some Andradite. The main crystals are complete and in undamaged condition. There are some smaller and one has damage though it is not distracting. The matrix on this is especially nice and the isolation of the crystals is far better than any other I have seen .