3" Garnet Cluster with Feldspar and Epidote- 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 light and dark green epidote crystals can be found stemming from the superior portion of this mineral specimen. Under many of these small fibrous epidote crystals lies a beautiful light orange druse of garnets. This light orange to occasionally brown druzy garnet can be seen on various locations around the specimen, adding an extra level of shine to this incredible cluster of minerals.

The pale green/white matrix beneath the specimen is feldspar, small amounts of mica can be found surrounding this matrix as well.

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.

Garnet, Epidote & Feldspar
Raskoh, Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
3.0" long, 2.0" wide, 2.2" tall