Definition of melanite in English:
A black variety of andradite (garnet).
- A dark brown melanite garnet is restricted in occurrence to nepheline-bearing sövite and ijolite.
- The variety melanite was once used in mourning jewelry, but does not have any gem use nowadays.
- At first glance these would appear to be melanite but the closeup shows a bright red translucence at the crystal edges and fracture planes.
Definition of melanite in:
- US English dictionary