Dims: 1.8 x 0.9 x 0.6" (4.6 x 2.4 x 1.4 cm)
Wt: 0.5 oz. (13 g)
Black Lake Mine, Thetford, Quebec, Canada
Several dozen tiny Grossular garnets rest on the white matrix of this small hand specimen. These Grossulars are in excellent condition, showing almost no damage, and reach maximum diameters of 0.1" (3 mm). All have excellent dodecahedral form and a beautiful emerald-green color and vitreous luster. They are transparent and dimly to moderately clear due to inclusions. Actually, they resemble emeralds in the fact that some of these inclusions are dark, and there are even some tiny metallic sulfide crystals among them, though they do not appear to be pyrite. There are crevices and small hollows in the host rock which, upon close examination with a loupe, contain more Grossulars.