Specimen #498

Name: Grossular with Diopside (ex Kosnar coll)

Type: Mineral

Locality: Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan

Favorite? N

Fluorescent? N

Size: 5.6 x 3.8 x 3.4 cm

Weight: 76

Acquired: 2007-09-25

Source: Arkenstone Auction

Label: Y

Comment: These specimens came out about 6 years ago, and I had only seen two different finds of this material in that time. The piece features unusual modified honey-golden colored crystals of Grossular associated with rich green (possible Chromium-bearing), gemmy prisms of Diopside on limestone matrix. I really like the color combination and unique assocation here. I have never seen specimens like this from any other locality, and this piece from Rich Kosnar''s collection remains as one of the best specimens I''ve seen from this locality.

Minerals: Diopside (CaMgSi2O6) Grossular (Ca3Al2(SiO4)3) Garnet

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