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Old Stock Vintage Loose Oval Grossular Hessonite Garnet Gemstone. 13.66 cts. Sri Lanka.
Very rare Golden Fanta Orange color.

From the estate of a life long jeweler.
A fantastic oval cut world class radiant golden Hessonite Garnet gemstone.
It measures 12x17.7x7.5mm.
Likely the largest true Hessonite garnet you'll see for sale anywhere.

Unheated and untreated.

This stone has a Refractive Index (RI) of 1.74. Verifying it's Grossular Hessonite.
It must be lighter in iron content as it's quite transparent for a Hessonite. Very often the Hessonites will be heavy with iron, making them more opaque or darker. This one is very light and bright.
A light to medium (Golden to Fanta) Orange color depending on the light.

Hessonite belongs to the grossularite garnet group, which also includes the rare tsavorite garnet. While most grossularite garnet is green, hessonite typically has a orange-brown color which has earned it the nickname cinnamon stone.

Photos taken under different lighting conditions.

Very minor inclusions under a loupe. VS. Very close to VVS. Extremely nice. Great color and brilliance.
The girdle has no mounting marks at all. I can assume it's never been mounted.
More photos available. Please convo for them or any questions.

One of the most rare colors of garnet of all and an extremely nice size gemstone.

One of the reasons that hessonite garnet is historically important is that it has a special place in the Vedic astrological tradition. Hessonite is one of the nine planetary gemstones along with ruby, diamond, pearl, red coral, blue sapphire, cat's eye, yellow sapphire and emerald. Hessonite, known in Sanskrit as gomeda(meaning cow fat), is the stone associated with Rahu, the moon's ascending node. When badly positioned in one's astrological chart, Rahu is characterized by insatiable worldly desires and sensual gratification. Vedic astrologists believe that wearing a good quality hessonite of at least two carats can bring success, wealth and recognition in society. It is also believed to promote longevity and good fortune.

The best known hessonite deposits are in Sri Lanka


Shipping includes insurance.

Thank you for your interest.

DanPickedMinerals

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Loose Gemstone Old Stock Vintage Loose Oval Grossular Hessonite Natural Garnet Gemstone 13.66 cts Sri Lanka Rare Fanta Orange Color

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Overview

  • Vintage Supply
  • Materials: garnet, Hessonite, Grossular
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