Dims: 7.8 x 7.2 x 1.6" (19.8 x 18.3 x 4.1 cm)
Wt: 4 lbs., 5.3 oz. (1.964 kg)
Lake Martin, Alabama, U.S.A.
One of the larger specimens from this locality in our stock, this cabinet-size specimen consists of an amorphous chunk of green mica schist in which are embedded nearly 50 Almandine garnet crystals. They range in diameter from less than 0.1" (2 mm) to 0.6" (1.5 cm) and are generally in very good condition, though a few are obviously damaged. Though most of the smallest crystals are either slightly malformed or very rounded, the larger ones have very good dodecahedral form, with moderately well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess a rather dull, pearly-to-waxy luster. All have the standard deep wine-red coloration that is common for this mineral; most of the Almandines are only dimly translucent, if at all, but a few of the smallest ones are a bit clearer, and may show patches of transparence, though their rough surfaces spoil the view. It is highly probable that many more of these crystals are completely embedded in the schist host rock.