.42" Raspberry, Grossular Garnet in Matrix - Coahuila, Mexico

This is a .7" wide specimen that contains a .42" wide raspberry-red grossular garnet, 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

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.

Grossular Garnet
Sierra de Cruces, Coahuila, Mexico
.42" wide garnet, entire specimen .7 x .4"