4.2" Nepheline and Schorlomite Garnet Association - Morocco

This is a rare association of hexagonal nepheline (nephelite) crystals with schorlomite garnets, that was collected from the Meknes-Tafilet region of Morocco. The nepheline crystals are grey-green in color and formed from a matrix that's rich in black schorlomite garnets. This crystal association occurred in a vug (cavity) within the Tamazeght Mountain Range of Morocco.

The underside of this specimen has been stabilized with glue to prevent further cracking.

Andradite is a species of the garnet group, and although not as well known as some other types of garnets such as almandine or pyrope, it is the most lustrous. There are three varieties of andradite which include melanite (black garnets), topazolite (yellow garnets) and demantoid (green garnets). It occurs in skarns developed in contact metamorphosed impure limestones or calcic igneous rocks; in chlorite schists, serpentinites and in alkalic igneous rocks (typically titaniferous).

Garnets are nesosilicates having the general formula X3Y2(SiO4)3. There are many species of garnet which include pyrope, almandine, 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, with reddish shades being the most common.
Nepheline & Andradite var. Schorlomite
Jebel Bou-Agreo, Tamazeght Mountains, Meknes-Tafilet Region, Morocco
4.2" wide