Dims: 1.5" x 1.5" x 1.1" (3.8 x 3.8 x 2.8 cm)
Wt: 2.12 oz. (60.3 g)
El Azabache Mine, Lazaro Cardenas, Chihuahua, Mexico
Though small and showing considerable damage, this little Melanite specimen is my favorite. Less than 10 crystals are intergrown in the specimen. Though none are complete, the largest crystal, measuring almost 1.1" (2.8 cm) in diameter, is more complete than any other Melanite crystal that I have seen! Like its smaller intergrown relatives, it occurs in the dodecahedral form that is common for most garnets, and has generally clean edges and faces which show interesting growth patterns that are aligned with each face. This large crystal has the most damage, with several chipped edges, but its form is intact. All of the crystals are colored black with dark brown highlights and have a vitreous luster. They only show a dim translucence at their edges and corners. There is no host rock attached to this specimen, and no other material besides Melanite.