Dims: 4.1x3.0x1.3" (10.4x7.6x3.3cm)
Wt: 8.9oz (254.1g)
Lake Martin, Alabama, USA
The green mica schist of this colorful specimen hosts a half dozen almandine crystals (more may be buried in the mica). These crystals are small or at least poorly exposed, except for one fairly nice one. The alamandine is so dark as to appear almost black and opaque, but there are a few internal fractures close enough to the surface to reflect a light source with a pretty deep maroon-red color, and also reveal that this material is at least slightly translucent.