Spessartine Garnet
Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Toenail, 2.9 x 2.9 x 2.7 cm
By just a hair, but visibly a hair, this crystal has the most brilliant internal luster of any of them, and is internally the most gemmy to boot. It is 33 grams and perfect in form and symmetry all around except for a few small contacts on one side and the bottom. As you can see, from the best display side, it looks more like a cut gem than a crystal of natural garnet. The price is admittedly high, but this little guy JUMPS out at the eye, even amidst other really great pieces! That extra gemminess and clarity inside, really has impact.