Melanite Garnet

Melanite is one of the three varieties of Andradite Garnet, the other two being Demantoid (green) and Topazolite (yellow green), both rare and highly desired. Melanite is also referred to as Titanian Andradite, due to the presence of Titanium colouring it black. The name Melanite was assigned to this crystal in 1799 by Abraham Werner, after the Greek word 'melanos' meaning black.

Alternative Names Verdite
Colour Black
Hardness 7 - 7.5
Crystal system Isometric
Streak Colourless
Lustre Vitreous, Resinous
Main Locations Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Russia
Chakra Root
Zodiac Aquarius
Numerology Unknown
Planetary Unknown
Element Earth

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