This specimen features a huge crystal for this locality, at 3.8 cm, associated with many smaller ones, and also a second-generation of small sparkling light green crystals. The larger andradite crystals are very dark – under strong light, they are dark red with hints of green and brown hues as well. Overall this specimen is in excellent condition. It has a corner that was damaged in its past. On close examination under strong light, this appears to have a recrystallized surface texture, indicating that it likely happened during the last stage of crystallization. The specimen has been priced to reflect it, but it can be displayed with it downward, as in the first photo. This as is a very good Spin Ghar andradite.
About these Andradites
These andradites come from a mountainous border region of Afghanistan near Pakistan. It is an area that has been quite dangerous and sometimes inaccessible in recent times. The first specimens from the Spin Ghar range became known in the late 1980s and sporadic finds have been made since then.