2.3" Red Pyrope Garnets in Quartzite - Namibia, Africa
These are red pyrope garnets that are still paritally encapsulated in the quartzite matrix from which they were found. This specimen was collected from Namibia which is located in southwest Africa. Pyrope garnets are a variety of garnets that always display red coloration and are known to feature beautiful transparency and flawless crystal formations.
Garnets are nesosilicates having the general formula X3Y2(SiO4)3. There are many species of garnet which include pyrope, almandine, spessartine, uvarovite, andradite and grossular (varieties of which are hessonite, cinnamon-stone and tsavorite). Garnets are found in a wide variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades being the most common.