2.22ct Oval Orange Spessartite Garnet
This is a vibrantly colored and heavily included 2.22ct oval cut spessartite garnet. It is a beautiful bright orange gemstone and will make a great collectors item or an unconventional piece of jewelry. It has very noticeable and interesting inclusions.The inclusions may consist of micah, rutile, graphite, zircon, monazite, and possibly pyrite. This spessartite was mined in Tanzania.
Spessartite is in the garnet family of stones. Spessartite garnet is sometimes known as mandarin garnet. Those that think all garnets are red will be amazed at the fiery orange color of a fine spessartite. Spessartite colors range from yellow-orange to reddish orange. Spessartite’s name comes from Spessart, an area of Germany where spessartite was mined. Spessartite is a US birthstone for January and offers a birthstone color that is a bit different from the norm.
Most Spessartite is found in Brazil, Namibia, Sri Lanka, United States, and Madagascar.
Spessartite will measure 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Spessartite garnets have a refractive index of 1.790 - 1.820.
Care and Cleaning:
It is recommended to clean your spessartite with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaning could be risky for stones with large inclusions or fractures. Please do not ever steam clean a spessartite as all garnet is susceptible to thermal shock (a rapid change of temperature).