RDN21 Andradite var. Demantoid
Antetezambato, Ambanja Dist., Diana Region, Antsiranana Prov., Madagascar
4.2x 3.6x 2.6 cm
$365

A rich sample of demantoid garnets from the famous mangrove swamp find made around 2009, and which continued until about 2 years ago.

The story varies, but the most common one holds that the initial discovery was made by a couple fishermen who noticed some small green rocks in a tidal mangrove swamp.  Whatever the case, the find quickly led to thousands of people rushing to the swamp, hoping to strike it rich.  Workings would have to be abandoned daily when the tide came in, only to resume once the water left again.  Needless to say, the mangroves were ruined. 

This is a nice sample from this now played out find-- there are some small chips on the edges of some of the crystals, but it displays exactly as shown, as the color is very good.  Please note, the color will vary with light-- best in sunlight and light bulbs that mimic it, and progressively worse under fluorescent and incandescent lighting.







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