234 Grossular var. Hessonite with Clinochlore
Susa Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy
Highly lustrous hessonite crystals with cherry-red color crowded in very good size over one side of a matrix face. Italy has some of the best Alpine garnets of the world. Look at the pictures: The crystals are so transparent and shiny – they show their fire and the gemmy quality in natural light. The crystals twinkle like bright stars as they catch and reflect the light. There are also some gray-green densely packed books of clinochlore on the hessonite. The backside of this wonderful specimen is also crystallized with very small crystals. Very hard to catch in a picture – much better in real life!
Size: 4 x 3.5 x 1 cm