3.2" Large Almandine Garnets in Schist - Tyrol, Austria

This is an incredible, 3.2" wide specimen which features a cluster of two almandine garnets within a schist matrix. It was collected from the famous Granatenkogel North Slope of Tyrol, Austria, a location that's well known for its large and fascinating garnet specimens. The facets on these garnets have been buffed and polished following the meticulous prep to expose them from their schist matrix. This is truly a gorgeous specimen.

The largest garnet measures 1.9" wide across its longest measurement. The specimen sits upright on one edge nicely, however it is accompanied by an acrylic display stand to assist with presentation.

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 var. Almandine
Granatenkogel North Slope, Gurgler valley, Imst District, Tyrol, Austria
Entire Specimen: 3.2 x 3", Largest Garnet: 1.9" Wide