Dims: 0.9" x 0.5" x 0.3"(2.3 x 1.3 x 0.8 cm)
Wt: 4.9 g w/ specimen box
Musse-Alpe, Ala-Tal, Piedmont, Italy
Though not quite of fine gem-quality, these garnets can truly be called Hessonite Grossulars. They have a brown-orange color that is not quite cinnamon. The largest of the crystals in the cluster measures about 1/4"(6 mm) in diameter, is damaged and incomplete, and has some very bizarre veil-like inclusions, the likes of which I have never before seen in a garnet! The smaller crystals are clearer and have less damage, although only portions of each crystal show transparence. All possess the dodecahedral form that is common for garnets and have vitreous luster. Together they make up a crust which is basically what makes up the specimen. The underside of the crust also shows the faces of many garnet crystals, but has not been well cleaned. It is on this face that the specimen has been glued into a plastic specimen box.