Deep red garnet, definitely for those who prefer darker stones. It has good clarity and cut. Coming from Nigerian deposits, this garnet has quite high content of almandine molecule present. That’s the source of its deep red colour. The cut of this garnet is asymmetric, meaning that one of its sides is different than two others. This and its size make it a perfect gemstone for a larger pendant design.
1 in stock
Spessartine or Spessartite (US) is a manganese-aluminium silicate that belongs to the garnet family.
The prime quality stones show a lively orange colour and it is not uncommon for them to be eye clean. Spessartines are coloured by trace amounts of manganese in their atomic structure. It colours them bright orange and can turn to dark red-orange/brown if iron is also present. Current sources include Namibia, with 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 on the market. Spessartines are quite durable with a hardness of 7.25 and safe to put into ultrasonic cleaners, as long as there are no liquid inclusions. Same as with other gems we recommend cleaning with a soft brush and drying with a clean cloth.