Dims: 4.2x3.7x3.0" (10.6x9.3x7.6 cm)
Wt: 54.5 oz. (1.54kg)
San Valerio, Tocantins, Brazil
This is a pair of huge rhodolite garnets. Possibly it started as a single large crystal which broke and healed, or perhaps it is two rhodolite garnets that grew together. I suspect that it is one garnet that split, based upon the size similarity and that the crystal faces are roughly aligned. In any case, this appears as a nodule with two halves. The halves are slightly concave - they do not meet in the center, only around the edges. Also, while it is easy to count the 12 faces of the pair, these crystals appear rather distorted and weathered, with deep fissures all over the surface. The crystals have a deep burgandy color, and the thin sections along the fissures are transparent. The crystals have a good luster, with the thousands of crystal points all reflecting at once. The only human damage is apparent as dark, vitreous fractures revealing the true internal color of the specimen.