Avg. Ratings: 1.0 (2 Reviews)

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Avg. Ratings: 1.0 out of 5

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College Ed / Lab Coordinator / Martin, TN
No, I didn't recommend
I am so disappointed with the samples I received. I ordered the 10 pack for my intro geology lab, and the description says they are all at least 1 inch samples. Only one piece was 1 inch, out of 10. The rest were closer to 1/2 inch in size. They are very weathered to the point that they are brown and earthy--nothing like the product picture. Since they're weathered, they don't work well for hardness and streak testing, which is what I need them for. And they were $40!!! I am looking into how to return them, and I honestly have lost faith in Ward's quality control for rock/mineral samples.
Reply associate Published 10/26/2018
Thank you for your feedback on our garnets study packs. We'll be reviewing our inventory to determine its quality. With our customer satisfaction guarantee, you can contact customer service at 1-800-962-2660 for a full refund or exchange if you are not satisfied. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.
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Education / laboratory assistant / McKinney, TX
No, I didn't recommend
I was hoping to get specimens with at least a few nice facets, what I got were amorphous lumps that wouldn't look out of place in a pile of construction debris. The specimens that I received were also impregnated with residual, calciferous matrix that would confuse students doing an acid test. For other properties like hardness and fracture, they're decent enough. Specific gravity readings might be off a bit due to matrix impurities throughout the crystals. If you're looking for textbook quality specimens, I would recommend looking elsewhere.
Reply associate Published 10/26/2018
Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry the Almandine crystals were not what you were expecting. These are mostly fragments with matrix which allows us to provide them at a more affordable price. I recommend item number 493371 as these are high quality crystals that show the dodecahedral crystal habit with very little to no matrix.
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Specimens Mineral Specimens Classroom Minerals
Garnet group; red, massive garnet crystals and sections, some matrix.

Ordering information: WARD’S offers different specimen sizes to meet your various needs. Student Specimens are ideal for students to use for study and identification. Student specimens range in size from 1" x 1" to 1" x 2" and come in packages of ten. Hand Specimens are great for lectures, demonstrations, and display. Hand specimens range in size from 2" x 3" to 3" x 4", and each comes in a labeled plastic tray. Bulk Pack includes several of the smaller pieces that are suitable for classroom study, while the larger specimens in the one kilogram pack can be cut to sizes that meet your specific needs. The number and size of pieces will vary.