Grossular V. Hessonite
Monte Argentea, Arenzana, Genova
4.5 x 3.3 x 1.7 CM (miniature)
Late Summer 2018
Super bright lustrous Garnets on a matrix plate from this Italian alpine area. Choice piece with sharp crystals up to 7 mm. It appears the matrix was split and repaired along a crack seen on the backside, the front display side shows no evidence of any repair. Small bits of Clinochlore and Calcite are on the display face but mostly this is a dense with Hessonite crystals many of which seem to have some epitaxial alignment. A good vaule for a nice Italian Garnet
A very good matrix Garnet specimen with the classic style of Piedmont region Grossular. The crystals are sharp and translucent- a deep red when backlit but with normal lighting (as in these photos) typically look darker, almost black. In excellent condition a very good locality piece with bright luster.