Spessartine Garnet From Tanzania|
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A complete floater, this is the best example I have seen of this particular crystal habit, unusually and dramatically elongated. It weighs 156 grams. The crystal is complete and free of any damage except for one shallow conchoidal fracture on one corner (and it can be displayed facing away up or down, anyhow). It is cheaper because of that little ding, but really this does not dimiish the impact.
A really gemmy, sharp crystal with some unusual elongated faces that give it a lopsided appearance , but in an interesting not an ugly manner. Complete save for the slightest contact on bottom. Approx 7.5 grams
690 grams! At almost 700 grams, this pound-and-a-half crystal is one of the largest complete crystals in the entire production. I have seen portions of bigger crystals, but none complete. The symmetry, the form, its astonishing when you take the size into account - and the thing is very impactful because of it! Complete on all sides, all around, save only for a small contact at the bottom.
Two "frog-eyes" of 1.8 cm each sit perched atop a matrix-included larger garnet, giving us spectacular contrast! Such matrix-like pieces are extremely rare in this find and this one has garnets of high quality anyhow, perched upon it. If sold separately, they would still not be cheap. As this is one of the most aesthetic matrix pieces, it has to command a premium (no question about it), but its the only one like it that I have.
One of my favorites, a striking miniature with a mandarin-orange, approximately 1-inch and equant, translucent to transparent crystal, free of internal dark veils, just perched up and popping out from a natural pedestal of a smaller crystal ! Complete all around except for a contact on the bottom where it attached to more matrix. This is one of the VERY FEW clusters of any kind of aesthetic appeal at all! This crystal glows with color when well lit and is one of the best for color, period. For overall 3-dimensionality, this was one of my favorites out of literally hundreds of pieces of the material for all these reasons. 48 grams.
A MAJOR specimen with a 5-cm-across crystal, on "matrix" of a smaller crystal and red mica, and weighing 191 grams. This is a REALLY impressive garnet specimen from any locality and for this locale, it jumps out for sheer size and for the nice way the major crystal is perched. Complete, if contacted in back, this makes for one of the most dramatic pieces I have yet seen.
A rare matrix specimen with two crystals, one to 2 cm, perched isolated on matrix and standing up dramatically from it! 98 grams weight. This piece has the two sharp crystals actually floating in muscovite layers that seem to have covered the bottom of a compound crystal formed previously, into which the crystals atop settled and sunk in a bit. Its very appealing, overall, and again is one of the VERY few matrix specimens we have from here at this time.
A true jewel, super gemmy! So gemmy that the inclusions show more in the photos than in person....it is a symmetric, little gem. Approx 2 grams
100 grams. A golfball-sized, golfball-like, superb gemmy crystal with red-orange color ! It is exceptionally sharp, translucent, and equant. MUCH better in person!
A strangely elongated, compound crystal that weighs 155 grams, this is another major piece from the find. It has intense color, and when backlit just glows orange. The translucency is also fairly good, better than it shows here although not quite as good as some of the best singles. However the orange hue is equal to the top! Clusters of this size, and quality, are more rare though and the size overall makes it very impactful.
A stunning 8-gram crystal of good size for the price which is REALLY impressive from the front but priced so, because it has a slight bit of damage to a left rear face and a hoppered-in or etched ingrowth in the back. Still, it LOOKS sexy, especially for the price, and from the front looks like the $1500-2000 thumbers
At 1 cm size, this has to be the single sharpest crystal here by a slim edge, and it is amazing in person. VERY gemmy and sharp~! intense color. about 2 grams.
A glowing orange jewel with top color, and super display of all front faces - but contacted on the bottom where you would mount it anyhow. Still, that keeps the price down compared to true floaters here, for the same overall visual effect if you were to mount them. Approx 5.5 grams
Exceptional thumbnail crystal, superb symmetry and sharpness of form. Approx 7.5 grams. This is one of the finest thumbnails in the lot and is the perfect full-sized thumbnail size, not too small and not a boxbuster. VERY gemmy in person with top color! Cannot praise it enough for a rarity amongst the crowd...
Really a great crystal in nearly every way with top color, lustre, and symmetry. it just has two tiny spots of contact or damage that detract a little on close inspection, but it LOOKS like the 3-4k pieces.
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