Flattened habit mint green crystals often called "Demantoid" are in a stacked alignment with almost no matrix present. From the now classic finds made over 25 years ago at Black Lake, these Garnets are far larger than the average and this is an incredibly enormous cluster, the largest we have ever seen. The biggest garnet in the cluster is over 2.2 CM across, it is huge for this locale where most are 2-3mm in size only. Translucent with some tiny areas of transparency, the luster is moderate, some faces are glassy but others are slightly dusted with and included by tiny needles of Pectolite with gives a more matte effect. In excellent condition at 20X magnification no damage or chips can be found which is also quite rare. For some reason many of the larger crystals we have seen had unusual or distorted habits including this sort of flattening. A very choice and huge green Andradite.
Lac D Amiante, Black Lake Mine, LAB Mine, Chaudiere-Appalaches
3.6 x 3 x 1.6 CM (miniature)
A very rare Calcium Silicate mineral, Suolunite has only been found a few times at a few locations, and only at Black lake in naked eye visible crystals. Last found in a major pocket in 1990, it occasionally forms these rounded crystal clusters. This specimen has two discrete crystal "globs" on a Talc matrix, these can resemble curved Prehnite crystals and were originally mistaken for that mineral. In fine condition, this is not the usual massive or botryoidal type, it is far more developed and choice for the specie.