Toenail, 2.9 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm
Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

In person this 22-gram floater is a total GEM! It looks for all the world like a garnet at first glance and like no phenakite I have seen before, with typical surface complexity. But it is, instead, one of these new phenakites - a superb large "boxbuster" thumbnail crystal. It is a floater, complete all around. The crystal itself is absolutely colorless, a pure colorlessness that adds to the gemminess of the specimen in person (and makes it extremely hard to photograph because light refracts off all the hundreds of facets and faces here, bouncing back and forth through the crystal and making the camera unable to capture its true clarity).