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Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color.

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The best colors for spessartine are vivid orange to orangy red.

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No eye visible inclusions present is rare for spessartine.

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The intense color, lack of inclusions and skillful cutting create a bright stone.

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This specimen is hessonite garnet also called the cinnamon stone for its color.

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Array of faces

An amazing intergrowth of hessonite garnet crystals creates an array of crystal faces.

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Mineral Specimen

Hessonite garnet specimens are attractive and collectible.

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An 18K yellow gold “Gold Rush” bracelet features garnet, carnelian, citrine, tourmaline, blue topaz, iolite and amethyst. Photo by Sandra Stampfli, courtesy Bahina Jewels
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