Dims: 6.0 x 4.3 x 2.1" (15.2 x 10.9 x 5.3 cm)
Wt: 1 lb., 12.7 oz. (814.0 g)
Lake Martin, Alabama, U.S.A.
I have counted 24 Almandine garnets that are peeking out of the green mica schist matrix of this large hand specimen, and I know that there are many more trapped within its layers. They range in diameter from less than 0.1" (3 mm) up to at least 0.5" (1.3 cm), and are generally in good condition, though a few are obviously damaged. Their dodecahedral form is slightly rounded but still discernable, with moderately well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess a rather dull pearly luster. All have the deep wine-red coloration that is standard for Almandine, and though a few of the smaller crystals might be translucent individually, all are essentially opaque trapped in the schist matrix, which has a gray-green coloration and shows many of the characteristics of mica.