Miniature, 5.0 x 3.2 x 2.3 cm
Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania
A stunning, intensely colored crystal from a find of summer of 2010, that produced only a handful of such stunning pieces. They are noted for the intensity in "miniature size" that usually is reserved for larger crystals with a volumetric darkening of the coloration. This is a perfect, full miniature, complete all around and absolutely pristine. It has amongst the more intense red coloring on the c-axis as any I have handled in the past, and shows in a case without need for strong backlighting. Although it narrows at the tip and has less gem rough value than you might prefer, as a specimen it is really among the most showy pieces in its size class. For the miniature collector in particular, I would have to rank this as one of the best for its size in terms of overall impact!