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    LARGE DEMANTOID GARNET GROUP IN MATRIX - A NEW FIND
    Antetezambato, Ambanja Area, Antsiranana Region, Madagascar
    "Demantoid" is defined as a variety of Andradite Garnet possessing an extremely high refractive index and dispersion. What this means to the connoisseur of gems and gem materials, is that stones cut from this material display an unbelievable level of "fire"; normally seen only in its namesake Diamond. This stunningly large and fine matrix specimen is the product of recent discoveries in Madagascar. It is quite notable for the following reasons: 1. the Demantoid crystals are exceptionally large, well formed and lustrous for this species; 2. the color is the wonderful medium green that showcases the "fire" of cut stones at their finest; and 3. there are tens of excellent crystals perched upon an attractive matrix, instead of the one or two typically seen in matrix Demantoid specimens. This very large matrix group measures 5 ½ inches high by 4 ¾ inches wide by 2 ¾ inches thick. The largest crystal measures ¾ inch across and it has a custom labeled acrylic base.


    Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2010
    17th Sunday
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