Dims: 3.2" x 2.4" x 2.0" (8.1 x 6.1 x 5.1 cm)
Wt: 8.60 oz. (244.0 g)
This specimen represents some of the most mysterious material that I have ever seen. Though I am uncertain of its exact locality, I know that it comes from Calfornia, along the western border of the U.S.. It consists of a cluster of heavily intergrown andradite garnets that are hollow, so that their mass consists of only dodecahedral shaped "shells". Underneath the many broken areas on these shells, dozens of malformed Epidote crystals have grown. Most are either severely warped or broken, so that very little crystal form is discernable, but I think that that major flaw is overshadowed by the mystery of how this material formed in the way that it did. I really have no ideas as to how this could have occurred!