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Melanite

Garnet group

Andradite is a species of the garnet group. It is a nesosilicate, with formula Ca3Fe2Si3O12.

Andradite includes three varieties: * Melanite: Black in color, referred to as "titanian andradite". * Demantoid : Vivid green in color, one of the most valuable and rare stones in the gemological * Topazolite: Yellow-green in color and sometimes of high enough quality to be cut into a faceted gemstone

It was first described in 1868 for an occurrence in Drammen , Buskerud Andradite was named after the Brazilian statesman, naturalist, professor and poet José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva

Identification

Color of mineral

Yellow
Green
Brown
Red
Grey
Black

Mohs scale ( mineral hardness )

6.5

Density ( specific gravity )

1.887

Luster ( interacts light )

Adamantine
Resinous
Dull

Crystal ( diaphaneity )

Cubic