The Garnet family is large and varied, but the Spessartite Garnet is extraordinary, and this one, even more so. Mostly known to be orange, this Spessartite holds a stunning deep cherry red.
Spessartite Garnets were discovered in the late 1800's, but only reached the market in the 1990's when Namibia and Mozambique opened mines.
I cut this stone in a design 'Equivalent Exchange' written by Arya Akhavan.
This beautiful stone is made all the more spectacular by being free of inclusions.
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.
2.30 carat Spessartite Garnet Red
Size: 8.2 x 7.4mm
Cut: Equivalent Exchange
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe