Garnet v. Andradite
Huanggang Fe-Sn deposit, Ulanhad League, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
6.0 X 9.3 X 3.2 cm
A very well-formed cluster of greenish-bronze, dodecahedral andradite crystals. The specimen is in great condition and possesses very strong luster. Andradite is a member of the garnet family, and although not as well-known as other garnets such as Almandine or Spessartine, it is fairly abundant. Andradite is named in honor of José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva (1763-1838), a Brazilian mineralogist, statesman, professor, and poet, famous for his discovery of Andradite, as well as several other important minerals such as Spodumene. Photo by IFM.
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