Dims: 1.4 x 0.6 x 0.6" (3.6 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm)
Wt: 12.8 g
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, Canada
At least 12 dodecahedral Grossular garnets rest on the sparse host rock of this thumbnail specimen. The garnets form a crust that covers part of the host, and most of the damage to this crust has occurred to those crystals along its edges. They range in diameter from less than 0.1" (3 mm) to 0.4" (1.0 cm) and have excellent form, with well-defined edges and striated but clean faces that possess the standard vitreous luster. Their pale cinnamon color makes them almost worthy of being called "Hessonites", but I do not think that they are quite the right color. They are transparent and quite clear, though all appear to contain internal fractures. I cannot easily identify the host rock, though it definitely contains feldspar and biotite.