18k Yellow Gold Earrings with 4.20 tcw Spessartite Garnets, 5.20 tcw Australian Opals, and 11.80 tcw of Sleeping Beauty Turquoise accented with Diamonds (Style E121AQ1180E)

Spessartite example

Spessartite Garnet

Origin: Germany, Namibia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Brazil, China, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and the U.S.

Species: Garnet

Hardness: 6.5-7.5 on Mohs Scale

Birthstone Month: January

Spessartite garnet derives its name from the captivating orange color it displays. This luminous gemstone is primarily found in the Serengeti plains of Tanzania, which possesses a remarkable geological composition enriched with manganese. Manganese, being one of the rarest minerals on the Earth's surface, acts as the trace element responsible for imparting color to this gemstone, giving it its vibrant allure.

Also known as mandarin garnet, spessartite garnet is distinctive for its common eye-visible inclusions. These inclusions not only add a unique character to the gem but also serve as reminders of its formation and journey through the Earth's layers, further enhancing its charm and appeal.

Garnet, including spessartite garnet, holds the honor of being one of the birthstones for the month of January. This designation makes it a popular choice for jewelry, as individuals born in that month seek to celebrate their birth with a gem that embodies their identity. The rich and warm color of spessartite garnet is truly captivating, contributing to its widespread adoration as a beloved gemstone cherished by people all around the world.