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Grossular Garnets

Grossular is the garnet mineral that shows the widest range of colors. As pure calcium aluminum silicate it is colorless, but impurities can tint it shades of pink, orange, yellow, brown and green. This group of 39 grossular garnets, averaging about 0.50 carat each, range in color from light orange to colorless to medium dark green. Found in Kenya along the border with Tanzania, the garnets were gifted to the Smithsonian by Mr. and Mrs. Hans-Dieter Haag in 1978.

Image Number: 95-40386
Catalog Number: G07918
Weight: 0.37-0.46 carats
Gift: Mr. & Mrs. Hans-Dieter Haag , 1978


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