Spessartine Garnet in Mica Schist
Loliondo, near Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Small Cabinet, 8.6 x 7.5 x 3.8 cm

The sparkling shimmer of this beautiful schist matrix really does NOT come through well in the photos, and it is a striking contrast from the metallic shimmer of the matrix to the stark geometrical form of the garnets within it. This major crystal is 1.9 cm across, and pristine. In person, you can see the 3-dimensionality of this particularly well-exposed crystal much better. It is so sharp that it is like an insect eyeball, popping out at you.