2.7" Garnet Cluster with Calcite, Epidote and Feldspar - Pakistan

This garnet centered specimen comes from a location in Pakistan, where associations of deep orange/brown garnets, feldspar, golden mica, green epidote, and calcite are typically found. The garnets from this location display a unique pattern, which can be seen along the faces of the crystals when rotated under light.

Small single epidote crystals can be found slightly protruding from some locations on the garnet cluster. A pale green/white feldspar, calcite, and epidote aggregate can be seen along side the main garnet cluster, as well as a coating of feldspar across the bottom half of the entire specimen.

Garnets are nesosilicates having the general formula X3Y2(Si O4)3. There are many species of garnet which are pyrope, almandine, spessartine, uvarovite, andradite and grossular (varieties of which are hessonite or cinnamon-stone and tsavorite).

Garnet species are found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.

Spessartine, often mistakenly referred to as spessartite, is a nesosilicate, manganese aluminium garnet species, Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3. The name is a derivative of Spessart in Bavaria, Germany, the type locality of the mineral.


DETAILS
SPECIES
Garnet, Calcite, Feldspar & Epidote
LOCATION
Raskoh, Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
SIZE
2.7" long, 1.4" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#38728