This Garnet is from Tanzania, Africa, a country well known for their beautiful gemstones. This one in particular is called a 'Malaia (Malaya) Garnet,' and is a beautiful light (but very bright) pink.
I cut this Garnet in my own design called 'Stormlight.'
There are some wispy inclusions but they are not noticeable at a regular viewing distance.
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.
1.42 carat Malaia Garnet
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe