Feature Gems & Gemology, Winter 1993, Vol. 29, No. 4

Garnets from Altay, China

Gem-quality spessartine garnet and grossular garnet have been discovered in Altay, China. Gemological and mineralogical studies show that their properties are typical for these garnet species. Spessartine and grossular are being mined commercially, but gem-quality grossular with fine color is rare.