Nani, Loliondo, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Small Cabinet, 5.9 x 5.4 x 4.5 cm
A huge and superb gem example of a garnet from a major 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. The crystals light up a pretty orangey-red color, similar to a Chinese scheelite, under good light. This large crystal is a slightly distorted trapezohedron. This one, again, has a lot of good transparency to it, yet weighs a stunning 210 grams.