Andradite / (var - Demantoid) / Locality - Sferlun Mine, Val Malenco, Sondrio, Lombardia, Italy


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A beautiful small miniature display specimen featuring dozens of sharp, semi-lustrous, rich green color, very gemmy, slightly modified, olive-green dodecahedra of Demantoid sitting against contrasting, stark white, fibrous Chrysotile on matrix. Virtually all of the crystals are damage free, and some are absolutely WATER-CLEAR. I have photographed some of the smaller crystals under the microscope to better illustrate their quality.

When it comes to Alpine Garnets, the Italian specimens are among the best in the world! Whether it be Grossulars or Andradites, the Italian specimens have set the standard for the Alpine material. The Demantoids from the famous Val Malenco (Malenco Valley) are among the most well-known and highly sought after Garnets in the world. These are true Alpine classics, and the best specimens are breathtaking from the standpoint of color, crystal size, gemminess, luster and rarity.

I recently acquired a small parcel of specimens from the famous locality at Sferlun which were collected approximately 30 years ago (late 1970s – early 1980s), and remained in a private collection for decades. I am told that these pieces originally came through the Magistretti collection in Italy.

These are great specimens of this world famous material, which are typically not seen very often on the market. Good Demantoids from Italy are always in demand, and good matrix Garnets from ANY locality are certainly hard to come by. Lastly, a few of the specimens in this lot are some of the largest individual pieces of this classic material that I’ve handled.

Locality: Sferlun Mine, Val Malenco, Sondrio, Lombardia, Italy

Specimen Size: 3.7 x 2.6 x 1.7 cm (miniature)
Largest Crystal: 5 mm

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