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Grossular - rose-pink Garnet
stock #21.1-173
Cerro Azul, Sierra de Cruces
Coahuila, Mexico
6.8 x 5.7 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
price: $290


From a relatively new find (2020-21) by Denis Beals; these are larger rose Garnets from an area of the Sierra de las Cruces. This site has produced a few relatively large Garnets embedded in a hard Rhyolite matrix. Noticeably different in habit and look from the previous finds in this region, this piece is an excellent example. A cluster of two main intergrown Grossular crystals show good luster and contrast well with the matrix. Some contacting is noted, there are geometric imprints of other Garnets and some rougher faces, as was true of every piece we examined from the find. Nevertheless, while this is not a piece for perfectionists it is still a fine and colorful Mexican Garnet unlike anything else from the region.

SOLD Grossular on Diopside
stock #SOLD 21.1-056
Orford Nickel Mine, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Estrie
Quebec, Canada
4 x 2.3 x 1.9 CM (miniature)
price: $0
Late Summer 2021

An unusual and cute Canadian Garnet specimen from the Orford Mine. A 1.7 CM honey-brown Grossular is resting on and included by crystals of Diopside. The Orford Mine is well-known as the source of Chrome green Grossular and Diopside specimens. The usual Grossular from here are micros rarely reaching up to 3mm in size, typically forming a sparkling druse. Larger crystals like this are very rare, I do not know of another this large and complete.

Grossular var. Hessonite (classic locale)
stock #21.1-198
Ala Valley, Lanzo Valley, Turin
Piedmont, Italy
5.8 x 3.4 x 1.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $650
Early summer 2021

A plate of highly lustrous Garnets from the famed Ala Valley. The color and transparency of these Grossular is outstanding. There are several larger, more isolated crystals that are set in a matrix of much smaller Grossular. The larger crystals reach 1 CM and glow a vivid red when backlit. In normal lighting the color is darker red as seen in the photos. This is a particularly rich piece with a fine color and dense coverage of bright sparkling Garnet. Overall in very good condition, some rough spots are seen with magnification but these are very minor and almost invisible in the context of the piece. Far better than average esthetics and visual impact from the Piedmont region.

Grossular - gemmy crystals
stock #AX-16-570
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
2.2 x 2 x .6 CM (thumbnail)
price: $175
new year 2021

Thumbnail specimen of fine transparent Garnet. These are well-defined, isolated and brilliantly lustrous. The Garnets are perched on a very thin plate of matrix, all show glassy striations on the larger faces. From the great Jeffrey Mine, this thumbnail is a fine but scaled-down version of larger specimens that can cost a fortune when available.

Grossular - gemmy crystals
stock #AX-24-264
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
3.7 x 3.1 x 1.2 CM (miniature)
price: $370
new year 2021

Gem clear Grossular Garnets with the deep orange color that is most desired from this iconic locale. The Jeffrey mine Garnets were found in many different styles, habits and colors, they are regarded as among the greatest examples of the specie worldwide. This piece is in fine condition overall with glassy luster and less striations on faces than we usually see. The crystals are perfectly transparent, the matrix can be seen through them. Most of the crystals are clustered or touching each other on edges which is usually considered to be crowding but these do show good independent development and are not as jammed together as is often the case. A very pretty and affordable miniature gem Garnet specimen.

Grossular - gem clear, with Diopside inclusions
stock #20.1-307-(LW461)
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos
Quebec, Canada
1.6 x 1.4 x 1.3 CM (thumbnail)
price: $450
new year 2021

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.

Grossular
stock #7.AE-315
Seydar, Hoh Nala, Braldu Valley, Skardu district, Baltistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5.2 x 3.2 x 2.3 CM (cabinet)
price: $620
new year 2021

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.

Grossular on Diopside - USA classic
stock #20.1-292
VAG Mine, Lowell & Eden
Vermont, United States
3 x 2 x .9 CM (thumbnail)
price: $390


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.