Spessartine Garnet
Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Miniature, 3.3 x 3.3 x 2.3 cm
One of my favorites, a striking miniature with a mandarin-orange, approximately 1-inch and equant, translucent to transparent crystal, free of internal dark veils, just perched up and popping out from a natural pedestal of a smaller crystal! Complete all around except for a contact on the bottom where it attached to more matrix. This is one of the very FEW clusters of any kind of aesthetic appeal at all! This crystal glows with color when well lit and is one of the best for color, period. For overall 3-dimensionality, this was one of my favorites out of literally hundreds of pieces of the material for all these reasons. 48 grams.