Spessartite History

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Mandarin Orange  Garnet

Spessartite Garnet Gemstone

Spessartite garnet belongs to the large and varied mineral group of garnet. The fiery sunny-orange stone is growing in demand for its very good hardness (7.5 on the Mohs scale) and its brilliance due to its high refractive index. Spessartite garnet is commonly cut either in facets or in cabochon and makes an interesting and colorful piece of jewelry.

Until the recent discovery of a mine in Namibia, spessartite garnet was rarely seen in jewelry. Its name is derived from former occurrences in the German "Spessart" forest. In the past, garnets were exchanged between friends to symbolize their affection, and to ensure they meet again.


The Spessartite garnet zodiac, myth & legend

Garnet is the birthstone for those who are born in January. On the Zodiac chart, it is the stone for Aquarius.

In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages people believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. Garnet is assigned to the planets Mars, Mercury and Pluto.

The healing powers of gems remain a controversial issue, but are mentioned for centuries by healers, shamans and medicine men. Whether it's a fact or a placebo effect doesn't matter, if it helps. The safest approach is to wear the gemstone in skin contact to the troubled part of the body. Garnet is said to be of help for arthritis, varicose veins and backache.

The Mandarin Orange garnet is reputed to enhance the rational and analytical mind and inspire one to help others. It belongs to the base, sacral and heart Chakras, and is reputed to be an anti-depressant, suppress nightmares, heart and sexual problems.

Spessartite garnet gemology
Species: Garnet
Color: Orange to red brown
Chemical composition: Mn3Al2(SiO4)3SG manganese aluminum silicate
Crystal system: (Cubic), rhombic dodecahedron, icons tetrahedron
Hardness:
6.5 - 7.5 (Mohs scale)
Specific gravity: 4.12 - 4.18
Refractive index: 1.790 - 1.820
Birefringence: Normally none
Color of streak: White
Absorption spectrum: 495, 485, 462, 432, 424, 412
Fluorescence: Mostly none

 

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