THE GEMSTONE ANDRADITE (GARNET)
Andradite is the most is the most lustrous of the Garnets and has several gemstone varieties. The term Garnet describes a group name for several closely related minerals that form important gemstones, and Andradite is an individual member mineral of the Garnet group. Andradite is a common mineral but is usually opaque and not fit for gemstone use; the transparent gemmyforms are rare and valued. The term Andradite is strictly a mineral term and is rarely used in the gem market. The gem forms of Andradite are known by their variety names of Demantoid, Topazolite, and Melanite.