This is the Merelani Mint Garnet, mined in the Merelani hills of Tanzania. The beautiful mint color of this Garnet is natural and a bit richer than to be called pastel.
I cut this Garnet in a mixed design, taking the best from the classic cuts "Radiant" and the "Step-Cut" to make this stone something special.
This gemstone is not treated. This gemstone does contain inclusions common in this type of Garnet, the price is set to reflect this.
Garnet is the name given to a group of mineral that can come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, green, white and shades of orange to red. Popular varieties are Rhodolite, Grossular, Imperial, and Spessartine. The Garnet has a high refractive index, the same, or higher, than Sapphire. They are quite durable stones ranging on the Mohs Hardness Scale from 6.5 to 7.5, depending on the type of Garnet. They have also been given the privilege of being January's birthstone, though, these are more often portrayed as the blood red Pyrope.
1.18 carat Merelani Garnet Mint
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe