A rather sharp, well-striated Garnet crystal with several edge and face modifications. The exterior is a mahogany brown but a gemmy green interior is seen in several geometric pits on the crystal where smaller Garnets were attached. This intermediate form of Garnet can be a mixture, or in this case, zoned with both species. The old name for this was Grandite and some have called these Mali Garnet. An affordable example of this interesting type of Garnet.
5.6 x 4.9 x 4.2 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
Very sharp and perfectly formed Andradite Garnets from the famous Mali finds. This specimen was one of a very small number selected from a large lot. A small percentage of these garnets can show very fine perfection and overall esthetics that makes them world class for the specie. This specimen has a dark brown mahogany color and is translucent on the crystal edges. In outstanding condition, the underside is the area of removal but the top and sides are perfectly clean, undamaged.
Prehnite on Epidote
Djouga Diggings, Bendougou Village, Arrondissement of Daikon, Bofoulabe
7 x 5.9 x 5.4 CM (cabinet)
new year 2021
The Prehnites from Mail have been one of the best newer discoveries of recent years. The various diggings have produced tons of specimens but the top percentage of esthetic and undamaged pieces is quite small. This is a very choice piece with fine, lustrous undamaged Epidote crystals that are the matrix for two complete Prehnite balls. A neat sculptural specimen that looks great from several angles.
Stilbite on Prehnite
7.3 x 3.5 x 3.3 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A slender fingerlike growth of green prehnite that is studded with pale yellow Stilbite crystals. In undamaged condition this displays well on all sides. This is from the discoveries in Mali that have produced a lot of good Epidote, but such very fine stilbite /Prehnite specimens are far more rare. This was selected from several hundred specimens as an especially esthetic piece.
Epidote and Prehnite
5.8 x 4.9 x 4.1 CM (cabinet)
Pre Holiday 2017
A superb small cabinet Epidote and Prehnite specimen from the prolific find in Mali. Of the many specimens that have come out few have this bright luster, color and esthetics. The Prehnite ball is elegantly encased by the Epidote crystals that are in perfect condition. Far better than typical "mine run" quality. Due to the large recent production, this is an economical yet very choice specimen.
Diaboukara, Diakon, Cercle de Bafoulabe
4.9 x 3.1 x 2.5 CM (miniature)
A relatively new find from Mali, the spherical "flower-like" aggregates have recently been confirmed as Stellerite while the bow-tie shaped crystals are Stilbites. This is a fine condition example with great form. Deep green Epidote crystals are up to 3.3 cm, overall a very attractive piece with top form.
Prehnite, Stellerite & Epidote
Diamonkara, Bendougou Diako, Bafoulabe Circle
4.2 x 3.7 x 2.9 CM (miniature)
A very esthetic surprise from recent finds in Mali, yellow and green Prehnites with associated Epidote in a colorful arrangement. The Prehnites are distinctively crystallized and have great 3 dimensional form, the Stellerites were recently identified by x ray, they look somewhat like Stilbite. Very nice luster and a great value as Mali is now much less productive.
Epidote & Prehnite
5.9 x 4.6 x 3 CM (cabinet)
The Mali Prehnites with Epidote can be wonderfully esthetic and this is great example of fine form and color. Even though the location has been very productive for a few years it now seems to be tapering off. The better pieces from this find are destined to appreciate and become classics. Meanwhile this is quite affordable for such a pretty and pristine specimen.