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.