Spessartine Garnet
Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Miniature, 3.3 x 3.2 x 3.0 cm
This 45-gram crystal is one of the most symmetric for its size, SHARP on all faces, and complete all around except for the slightest little ding or contact at one tip out of all of them. It has about the best natural luster of any in its size range, really glassy instead of just "waxy." In person, you can see this extra few percent difference. It has nearly the top color and while it is included a bit, it doesn't have large and potentially jarring black inclusions as most larger crystals do. Overall, thus, its one of the best of the size range.