Spessartine Garnets (2)

Lolionda, Tanzania
Thumbnail, Larger: 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm, Various Sizes
Start Time: 03/05/2009 8:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 03/12/2009 8:15:00 pm (CDT)
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Item Description

Two fine examples of garnets from a MAJOR recent find. The full locality information for this deposit is near the town of Loliondo, close to Serengeti National Park and 7 km from the Kenyan border, W-NW of the north end of Lake Natron. It is closed to heavy traffic and on Maasai tribal lands. Some of these are extremely large, but they typically get less transparent as the size gets larger. These had quietly been emerging from a small prospect in remote Tanzania and hoarded for sale at the Tucson show. Rob was tipped off by a gem dealer who was buying the clearest (smaller) ones up for cutting and faceting. The crystals light up a pretty orangey-red color, similar to a Chinese scheelite, under good light. Prices on these were high at Tucson; even the big ones (more dark and less gemmy than this one) were priced with several dealers from $10-20 per gram. The little gem ones like this were MUCH higher per gram. These two crystals weighs a combined 23 grams. They have typical matrix contacts in back. Sizes: 1.9 x 1.6 x 1.6 cm, 1.8 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm

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