Spessartite garnet is a favorite of many gem collectors. Its color range from bright orange, sometimes with brown undertones, to peach to deepest red orange.Its hardness of 7 coupled with its remarkably high refraction of light that lends it an exceptional brilliance makes it a great gem for jewelry. Even under unfavorable light conditions, small, brilliant cut and inclusion-free Mandarin garnets will sparkle vividly. Mandarin orange colored spessartites are also very rare. Nobody can predict how long it will remain available in reliable quantities. Buy some for your collection if you find a gemstone you like; there is a good chance that it will go up in value with time due to its rarity coupled with strong demand from collectors and from those that seek to make unique custom jewelry.
Garnet has always been considered insurance for travelers against misfortune. It was worn by the crusaders as an aid to safely find their way home. In the 18th and 19th centuries, perfectly transparent garnet became the height of jewelry fashion.
Garnet is the traditional gift for the 18th Wedding Anniversary. It is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of January.
Traditional Metaphysical Properties for Garnet:
Health, removing negativity, awareness, commitment, regeneration, order, insight.
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