Rare Spessartite “Mandarin Garnet” Ring
A star in our collection of fine gems, this rare Spessartite Garnet is sometimes called a “Mandarin Garnet.”
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. Only recently available to designers, the stone has quickly become a favorite of jewelry buyers everywhere.
Spessartite Garnet 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.
This Spessartite Garnet in this ring is a particularly fine gemstone. We chose to focus on the stone by choosing a setting that is modest enough to keep the stone on stage, while sturdy enough to protect it from loss.
Garnet is rated “good” for everyday wear, with a hardness rating of 7-7.5. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes in temperature. To clean, scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.