So true, I seek the miner as part of my hobby. Asking for four stones to facet sometimes gets a conversation going and making an offer of too little gets a kind laugh. Anyways I find the Garnet to be one of strange with the various RI. I have some small stones I just put on the dip, small enough for accent stones hope a little larger, but if I get 2.5 mm I will be happy as these are my first of this material.
My daughter just landed a four year job in Africa, we have our passports. She is very familiar with Africa and I hope to visit there someday with visiting a mine or two.