Garnet & Albite



Gilgit, Gilgit District, Northern Areas, Pakistan

Dimensions (H x W x D)

8.5 x 7.5 x 5.3 cm


258 g

Description & Provenance

Garnets are silicate minerals that share similar crystal forms but vary significantly in chemical composition. Depending on their elemental variance, they may be classified into different subgroups and express different colors. Although nearly all shades are possible (blue being relatively rare), garnets are most famous for their seductive, red varieties. In fact, their name is derived from the Middle English word, “gernet,” meaning “dark red.”

This is a gorgeous example that embodies what collectors love from the species. The specimen consists of a primary garnet crystal and a few small garnets, all on a bed of robust, white, albite crystals, and quartz. The garnets have excellent crystallization and have formed in octadecagons (18-sided forms). They also have a sumptuous, deep-red tone. Seeing these crystals makes it clear why garnet’s red variety is considered a mainstay among jewelers and collectors alike. Glossy luster and good definition further enhance the complexity of the garnets’ forms. Emphasizing their deep color and luster even further is their contrasting matrix (host rock) which makes them even more pronounced. Once you see this stunning juxtaposition, it is easy to see why the color combination is worthy of fairytales. Sharply formed, saturated, and beautifully composed, this specimen would make an attractive addition to any mineral collection.

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