Nani, Loliondo, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Small Cabinet, 6.6 x 6.4 x 5.9 cm
Here is a GIANT spessartine from a MAJOR NEW FIND! The full locality information for this deposit is near Serengeti National Park and 7 km from the Kenyan border, W-NW of the north end of Lake Natron. It is closed to heavy traffic and on Maasai tribal lands. Some of these (like this one) are SHOCKINGLY large. These had quietly been emerging from a small prospect in remote Tanzania and hoarded for sale at the Tucson show. This is just a MONSTER crystal for the species - the size of a small fist, and weighing 369 GRAMS! It is complete all around and TRANSLUCENT, lighting up a pretty orangey-red color, similar to a good Chinese scheelite, under strong light.