Garnet - Spessartite
Glowing with Mother Nature’s beloved orange, spice-hued Spessartite is sure to attract attention. Only recently available to designers, the stone has quickly become a favorite of jewelry buyers everywhere. A cheery, orange-hued Garnet, Spessartite was first discovered in the German Spessart Mountains. Unfortunately, so little was found that the rare gem was largely reserved for collectors. This remained so for many years, until another source was discovered along the Kunene River between Angola and Namibia. A later find in Nigeria brought a small supply to market. Supplies of gem-quality Spessartite, however, remain limited. Today this brightly colored stone, often referred to as “Mandarin Garnet,” is also mined in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Israel, Brazil and Australia. Our Spessartite is mined in East Africa and is available in sizes up to eight millimeters. Larger, unique Spessartite gems are available as part of the Black Box Gemstone® collection. Shop online at stuller.com and see the images of each individually graded Black Box Gem. From the flowers of spring to summer melons, from autumn leaves to winter sunsets, orange is a color seen throughout the seasons. Boasting the same rich hues, Spessartite is a gem with year-round fashion potential. Its natural color is ideal for those who seek accessories whose beauty is unaltered.
Garnet is rated “good” for everyday. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.
Properties & Reactions
SR, often ADR
Fair to Poor - temperature changes may cause fracturing