Nani, Loliondo, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Miniature, 4.9 x 3.4 x 3.1 cm
A huge and superb gem example of a garnet from an important recent 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 even larger than this one, but they typically get less transparent as the size gets larger (where this one has a lot of transparency to it). The crystals light up a pretty orangey-red color, similar to a Chinese scheelite, under good light. This one, again, has a lot of good transparency to it, yet weighs a stunning 149 grams.