Dims: 6.7 x 5.8 x 2.2" (17.0 x 14.7 x 5.6 cm)
Wt: 2 lbs., 14.3 oz. (1.312 kg)
Lake Martin, Alabama, U.S.A.
I have counted at least 28 different Almandine dodecahedrons on the green mica schist host rock of this hand specmien. The largest has a diameter of about 0.6" (1.5 cm) and all are in moderately good condition, as several show slight but noticeable damage and one crystal is broken and incomplete. Their form is somewhat rounded but still discernable in the larger crystals, but the smaller ones tend to be more rounded and warped, in some cases. They have the classic deep wine-red coloration and are likely only dimly translucent, though some of the small crystals might show more translucence and even patches of transparence. Their luster is pearly-to-waxy, and is actually duller than that of the surrounding matrix.