Large Almandine Garnet Crystal Cluster from Connecticut
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These beautiful Garnet crystals were legally collected from Green’s Garnet Farm in Roxbury, Connecticut! The locality is now closed to collecting, making these specimens quite rare now.
Almandine Garnet, also known incorrectly as almandite, is a species of mineral belonging to the garnet group. The name is a corruption of alabandicus, which is the name applied by Pliny the Elder to a stone found or worked at Alabanda, a town in Caria in Asia Minor. Almandine is an iron alumina garnet, of deep red color, inclining to purple. It is frequently cut with a convex face, or en cabochon, and is then known as carbuncle. Viewed through the spectroscope in a strong light, it generally shows three characteristic absorption bands.