Garnets are not heat treated and no other enhancements or synthetics are known at present.
Rhodolite, Pyrope and Almandine Garnet
Purplish Red Rhodolite and Reddish brown Pyrope and Almandine Garnets are commonly used in jewellery. There are many beautiful lesser-known varieties now available. Garnets are not heat treated and no other enhancements or synthetics are known at present.
A brilliant yellow to brownish green Garnet with excellent dispersion and lustre. Mali Garnets are rare in sizes larger than 2cts. The only known source is Mali the largest country in West Africa.
A wonderful bright gem in burnt orange to vibrant orange also known as Mandarin Garnet. Limited deposits of Spessartite Garnet are found in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Namibia.
First found in East Africa in the mid 1960’s first thought to be Spessartite but was found to fit between existing garnet groups and was termed Malaia, Swahili for “out of the family” or “prostitute”. Malaia Garnets magnificent colours range from pinkish orange to reddish brown and a multitude of shades in between.
Also called “Cinnamon stone” is also found in orangey and rich brown tones. It often has a treacle like internal feature. The main deposits of Hessonite Garnet are found in Sri Lanka with smaller deposits in Tanzania, Madagascar and Brazil.
The rare vibrant green variety of Grossular Garnet, it was named after the Tsavo National Park in Kenya but is mined primarily in Tanzania with smaller deposits found in Madagascar. Tsavorite Garnets vibrant shades of green make it a great alternative for Emerald.
Colour Change Garnet
Found in Africa & Sri Lanka, this rare variety of Garnet has a colour change similar to Alexandrite. From reddish purple in incandescent light to steely blue, green or greyish in daylight. Colour Change Garnets over 1ct are quite rare.
Meaning “diamond like lustre” Demantiod Garnet is a magnificent bright green, it is very rare and usually only available in small sizes.
Originally mined in Russia, small deposits are now found in Namibia and Madagascar.