|Mandarin Spessartite Garnet is a rare form of orange garnet colored by manganese. |
The combination of vivid color and garnet's very high refractive index make spessartite garnet one of the most brilliant stones in the world of colored gems. Its hardness is around 6.5 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it ideal for jewelry.
|The gems occur in a range of colors from yellowish orange to reddish orange and orange-red. The pure orange, known as mandarin or fanta orange, is very rare and has been found in only a few deposits in Africa, notably in Nigeria. |
Top spessartites are highly sought after by gem collectors and are considered investment grade. Very little in the way of new material has been found recently.