Garnet

Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color.

Radiant reddish orange spessartite garnet has a startling beauty. It looks sophisticated in all precious metals and particularly distinctive when set in yellow gold. Sometimes called Mandarin garnet, it can build confidence, stimulate the analytical mind, and enhance strength.


Care

Garnet is rated “good” for everyday. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Major Sources

Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka, China

Lore

Anyone who loves what is pure and natural and the warm, sun-bathed colors of late summer will be fired with enthusiasm by the color spectrum of the garnet. Today, garnets mostly come from African countries, but also from India, Russia and Central and South America. Garnets remain convincing with their natural, unadulterated beauty, the variety of their colors and their brilliance.

Garnets were highly popular in Europe, in 18th and 19th centuries. They were frequently used for jewelry in the Victorian times. In Old Spain, the pomegranate was a favorite, and as a result of this, so was the garnet. In Spanish astrology, the garnet once represented the sun. Garnet is actually a group name for the encompassing the minerals almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite; so the garnet is a far more diverse gem than its name suggests. All garnets share similar cubic crystal structure and chemical composition. Gem quality garnet occurs in many countries, and beautifully formed crystals have been prized for over 5000 years.

From the flowers of spring to summer melons, from autumn leaves to winter sunsets, orange is a color seen throughout the seasons. Boasting the same rich hues, Spessartite is a gem with year-round fashion potential. Its natural color is ideal for those who seek accessories whose beauty is unaltered.

Glowing with Mother Nature’s beloved orange, cinnamon-hued Spessartite is sure to attract attention. Only recently available to designers, the stone has quickly become a favorite of jewelry buyers everywhere.

A cheery, orange-hued Garnet, Spessartite was first discovered in the German Spessart Mountains. Unfortunately, so little was found that the rare gem was largely reserved for collectors. This remained so for many years, until another source was discovered along the Kunene River between Angola and Namibia. A later find in Nigeria brought a small supply to market. Supplies of gem-quality Spessartite, however, remain limited.