Did you know that garnet can come in a wide range of colors? Often, only red garnets are known. However, garnets are a large family of minerals, with many different colored varieties: red pyropes, red rhodolites with a pinkish-purple tint, green tsavorites, malaya between pink and orange... Spessartite garnet is orange.
Spessartite garnets are sometimes known on the market as mandarin garnet, and are widely used in jewelry. However, this has not always been the case. Indeed, spessartite, while known for a long time, was long considered unattractive, particularly because of its color. The situation changed in the 1990s, when new spessartite garnets were discovered in Namibia, with a bright orange color and very good luster. These garnets were named mandarin garnets, and began to become popular. Since then, the spessartite has had a meteoric rise, so much so that today, when one thinks of an orange stone, it is often the mandarin garnet that comes to mind.
Mining in Namibia has almost stopped; but new deposits have been discovered, notably in Nigeria and Tanzania. If the color of spessartite can vary: orange with a tinge of yellow, brown ... The most popular color is usually the orange tinged with red, sometimes called color Fanta. This particular color is due to the presence of manganese in the crystal structure of spessartite.
While there is no such thing as synthetic garnets, spessartite garnets can be confused with other stones of similar color, including fire opal and topaz. However, these stones can be easily distinguished with gemological tools. In addition, fire opal can have particular color reflections that spessartite does not have.
Proudly representing orange stones, with a beautiful luster and vivid color, spessartite garnet has become one of the most popular garnets, and has every reason to remain so.
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