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Chromian pyrope — specimen 0289, photo © NMNHS
USA, Arizona, Apache County, Navajo Indian Reservation
3.90 | 3.90 | 2.66 mm;
medium dark slightly purplish red; strong;
Very clean specimen; good mixed style cut. Source: Michael Asa,
Gem Line Inc
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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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