Mined from: Imilchil, Er Rachidia Province, Morocco
Description: Andradite garnet is known for its high refractive index, which means that it has excellent brilliance and sparkle when cut and polished as a gemstone. It is also a relatively hard mineral, with a hardness of 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a durable and long-lasting material for jewelry.
In addition to its use as a gemstone, andradite garnet has industrial applications as well. It is used in the manufacture of abrasives, as a filter medium for water purification, and as a radiation shielding material.
There are several varieties of andradite garnet, including demantoid, melanite, and topazolite. Demantoid is a green variety of andradite garnet that is highly valued as a gemstone due to its intense green color and high dispersion, which gives it a "fire" similar to that of a diamond. Melanite is a black variety of andradite garnet that is often used as a decorative stone. Topazolite is a yellow or brown variety of andradite garnet that is also used as a gemstone. (This is the black one).
Chemical Composition: Ca3Fe2(SiO4)3Chakra: Root
Approximate Size for 1 piece: 2.5cm x 2cm x 2cm
Approximate Weight for 1 piece: 20g
Approximate Size for 1 piece: 4cm x 3.5cm x 3cm
Approximate Weight for 1 piece: 55g
Approximate Size for 1 piece: 5.5cm x 4cm x 3cm
Approximate Weight for 1 piece: 115g
We do our best to buy quality products- although not every rock is the same. If you choose to purchase the "staff pick option", we will select the best of the batch for you. Otherwise, it will be at random from the larger batch we have in stock.