Medium size and universal oval shape make this orange garnet great for just about any jewellery application. Warm orange, well saturated hue with a slight brownish mask and a lot of sparkle create a very desirable gem. The stone is internally eye clean with small inclusions visible under 10x magnification and only one small imperfection at the surface that is nearly invisible to the naked eye.
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Spessartite is a manganese-aluminium-silicate that belongs to garnet family. The prime quality stones posses lively orange colour and it is not uncommon for them to be eye clean. Spessartite orange garnets are coloured by trace amounts of manganese which makes them bright orange that can turn to dark red-orange/brown if iron is also present. Current sources include Namibia, its stones considered the best in terms of colour but rarely clean as most have tiny fibrous inclusions that give them hazy look, other notable mining sites are located in Nigeria, Tanzania and Sri Lanka. At the moment there are no known treatments or synthetic stones at the market. Spessartites are quite durable with a hardness of 7.25, safe to put into ultrasonic cleaners as long as there are no liquid inclusions but as with other gems our recommended cleaning methods would rather involve a soft brush and warm water.