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Spessartine (Garnet Family)

Spessartine is the manganese-rich member of the garnet family and is typically colored yellowish to reddish orange. Spessartine gems can be quite beautiful, but they are not commonly seen in jewelry because the supplies are limited. The major sources for gem quality spessartine are Sri Lanka and Brazil. Other important localities include Australia, Burma, India, Israel, Madagascar, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, and the United States. This is the first spessartine garnet from Madagascar in the National Gem Collection.

Image Number: Ken Larsen
Catalog Number: G10621
Weight: 2.53 carats
Gift of Tom Cushman, Allerton-Cushman , 2009
Locality: Maevatanana , Madagascar


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