Tsavorite Garnet on Graphite
Thumbnail, 1.8 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mts, Arusha Region, Tanzania
Intense, deep, rich color marks this garnet as a top grade tsavorite, and not just a "minty green" garnet from this important locality for tanzanite that also has recently spit out incredible garnets and diopsides as well. The crystal is complete, embedded in its back in graphite matrix, and has saturated color throughout. It is hyperbole perhaps, but the luster on this crystal is nothing short of "freaky" and I do not use the word lightly. Killer thumbnail! Joe Budd photos