Spessartine Garnet on Muscovite
Loliando, Tanzania
Miniature, 4.2 x 2.7 x 2.1 cm
Despite the vast flood of inferior quality garnets that came out of this place recently, it is still true that sharp, pristine, crystals of good color and size are not as common as people think. Most of the best crystals came out in the beginning and what is available now, if seen in person, is simply not as gemmy, colorful, and pristine of bruises as what we saw at the recent shows. And, after 8 months now of production, the finest quality sharp orange garnets in matrix remain very rare. I have seen many almost-great, but this one is among the best matrix pieces I have had now for overall quality. The color is intense, the form perfect, and it has no damage at all. The crystal is almost 2 cm tall, and looks like a glowing orange carving on its perch of sparkling muscovite.