New to the scene, the Mahenge Garnet only became available in 2016. The deposit is already mined out, and the stones currently on the market is all there will ever be.
Garnet's come in all colors, and Mahenge Garnets in particular come in a rage from peach-pink to a deeper red-pink with purple and orange overtones. This lovely Garnet is a mix of vibrant pink and purple.
I cut this Garnet in a Classic Round Brilliant, altering the design to optimize its optical performance in Garnet.
There are some inclusions visable in the maginfied photos, but not noticeable in the hand 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.
1.6 carat Mahenge Garnet
Cut: Classic Round Brilliant
Cut By: Bryan Wiebe