1.4" 230ct Pumpkin Orange SPESSARTINE GARNET Twinned Crystal Tanzania for sale
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The new SPESSARTINE GARNETS from Tanzania are truly exceptional. This garnet is from a new locality for fine spessartine garnets - Nani bei Loliando, Near Sergenti National Park, Arusha Region, Tanzania. Located about 35 km NE of Loliondo proper, in "the middle of nowhere." A village called Lemisikio is nearby. The deposit was visited and studied by our German friend, who is a geologist. He described it as an approximately 100 meter wide quartz mass or vein with weathered detritus. The quartz is crisscrossed with veinlets of hematite. The spessartine garnets are bound to the hematite in the veinlets. Most work to date has been digging into the loose weathered material to retrieve the garnet crystals. Only a little work has been done on the intact quartz mass. Nani, a name assigned by the local Massai tribesmen, y is a new village which is growing rapidly with the arrival of new miners who are responding to the "Garnet Rush." I purchased this piece at the Tucson Gem, Rock and Mineral Show from my German geologist/dealer friend who spends 6 months of the year in Tanzania.
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