Dims: 4.7" x 2.4" x 1.5" (11.9 x 6.1 x 3.8 cm)
Wt: 9.38 oz. (266.0 g)
Lake Martin, Alabama, U.S.A.
This small hand specimen consists of 8 visible Almandine garnet crystals that are partially embedded in the green mica schist host rock that is common for this locality. The crystals range in diameter from 0.2" (0.5 cm) to 0.6" (1.5 cm), and are generally in very good condition, though the smallest is broken and incomplete. They all have a rounded but discernable dodecahedral form and a very dull, waxy luster. One of the crystals is quite misshapen, but this appears to be due to the fact that it formed adjacent to another crystal, that prevented its completion. They have a deep wine-red coloration and show dim to moderate translucence, possibly due to their dull luster and partial visibility. I cannot be certain, but I think that there are other Almandine crystals in this matrix which are waiting to be exposed.