2.5" Raspberry Garnets (Rosolite) and Vesuvianite in Matrix - Mexico

This is a 2.5" wide specimen that contains raspberry-red grossular garnets and yellow-orange vesuvianite crystals, collected from Sierra de Cruces, Mexico.

The colors that grossular garnets typically display range from yellow, green, brown and in some cases a pale-pink color, with deeper-red colors being extremely rare. However, in the late 90's, raspberry-red garnets were discovered at a locality known as Sierra de Cruces, Coahuila, Mexico. This color had previously never been documented in natural grossular garnets. These garnets are also frequently sold under the name Rosolite.

An in-depth study conducted on these garnets can be found here:
Raspberry-red grossular from Sierra de Cruces Range, Coahuila, Mexico

Vesuvianite, also known as idocrase, is a green, brown, yellow, or blue silicate mineral. Vesuvianite occurs as tetragonal crystals in skarn deposits and limestones that have been subjected to contact metamorphism. It was first discovered within included blocks or adjacent to lavas on Mount Vesuvius, hence its name. Attractive-looking crystals are sometimes cut as gemstones.

Grossular var. Rosolite & Vesuvianite
Sierra de Cruces, Coahuila, Mexico
2.5 x 2.3"