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Chromian pyrope — specimen 0657, photo © NMNHS
USA, Arizona, Apache County, Navajo Indian Reservation
2.78 | 2.76 | 1.84 mm;
medium red; very slightly brownish;
Very clean specimen; design ‘Octangulum Quardum’, excellent cut by Tan Pen.
More information from ‘Classification’
A chrome-rich variety of pyrope. Also called ‘anthill garnet’. In the State of Arizona, USA, these are found around the anthills. The ants meet the garnets while digging their underground passages, drag them to the surface and discard them.
Gemmology — gemstones
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