Nani, Loliondo, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Thumbnail, 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.4 cm
A top example of a garnet from a MAJOR NEW FIND! The full locality information for this deposit is near the town of Loliondo, close to 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 are extremely large; the most gemmy ones, such as this one, tend to be smaller. This crystal is of TOP gemminess for the find, lighting up a pretty orangey-red color, similar to a top Chinese scheelite (the gemmy corner of one) under good light. This crystal weighs 8 grams and is a GEM, complete all around.