Spessartine Garnet
Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Miniature, 4.3 x 3.4 x 3.0 cm
A stunning doublet, regarded by all the people I talked to who are familiar with how this find played out and reached market to be the finest overall specimen from the deposit to date. Approximately 76 grams. The cluster is complete all around save only some small contacting in the back. It is repaired, at a tight click-and-fit junction, just as it was found. It is like a jewel, sharply formed and just so intense and spectacular to hold, you cannot believe this is real and not carved. Remember, this shot does NOT show it backlit, even! This piece has top color, luster, and gmeminess. As with all of them here, it is more gemmy in person and when more strongly backlit.