Spessartine Garnet (Mandarin Garnet)

Gems, 4.95 mm x 3.41 mm, 0.37 ct
Start Time: 12/14/2023 7:30:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 12/21/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
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Item Description

Garnet gems are found in essentially every color of the rainbow. Garnet is actually a group name comprising multiple species, all of which contribute something different in terms of color. Some of the top orange color Garnets in the modern era of gems are those from Nigeria. These wonderful Spessartine Garnet gems are some of the most popular and hard to find gems around! The immediately were recognized as being some of the best orange color Garnet ever found, and it seems that the deposit has been mined out almost as fast as it was discovered! This stone is a good quality, saturated, nearly eye clean, light orange color gemstone with a "Half Moon" cut. This material is almost totally pure in manganese and has very little iron content, which is why the stone is so orange and not red as is often the case with Spessartine. This gem could be called what is being marketed as "Mandarin Garnet", because of the orange color. This particular hue is nearly exclusive to these Garnet gems and that is why it has become so popular and in some cases very pricey. A few years ago, I saw a gem company on television selling material with the same color as this stone for $1,800 per carat! I'm not kidding, and people were buying it! Don't get burned like those people did, and snag this stone at a great price. It seems as though this material has really dried up in recent years, and very little is available on the market, so don't miss out.

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