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RM2680   Andradite, var. melanite

California State Gem Mine, New Idria Mining District, Santa Rita Peak, San Benito Co., California, United States of America

Brilliant black andradite crystals, var. melanite, on contrasting light matrix. Well defined faces and edges. Very aerial. From the former Joan Astor collection (Barcelona).

Size: 4.8 x 2.2 x 1.4 cm.
Found in ± 1976.

Col. Joan Astor (Barcelona).
Classic locality