3" Garnet Cluster with Epidote and Mica - 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.

Long green epidote crystals can be seen scattered across the entire specimen. The light green coating on half the specimen displays microscopic translucent epidote crystals, giving the druzy-like dusting a unique sparkle. Small red-orange garnets cling to epidote crystals, that themselves huddle next to the cluster of large garnets beneath.

Underneath this specimen is a large, unusual hexagonal imprint filled with flakes of mica.

Garnets are nesosilicates with the general formula X3Y2(SiO4)3. Garnets come in many species, including pyrope, almandine (the most common species), spessartine, uvarovite, andradite and grossular, varieties of which are hessonite, cinnamon-stone, and tsavorite. Garnets are found in a wide variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, though reddish shades are the most common.
Garnet, Mica & Epidote
Raskoh, Kharan, Balochistan, Pakistan
3.0" long, 2.2" wide