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Hessonite Garnet from Mana Mine, Barang, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Hessonite-ManaMine-Pakistan-88mm-JB388-03.jpg]
Mana Mine, Barang, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 5.5 x 5.1 cm
To my mind, this small locality has produced a trickle of what have to be rated among the finest examples of Hessonite garnet in the world. Most people do not even know the mine name for sure - I have seen smaller pieces trickling to the market under a variety of lcoality placements. And,most specimens are partial crystals or clunky matrix pieces with small crystals. This aesthetic, impressive display piece is 3-dimensional and has fat crystals , symmetric as you can wish for, wrapping around. The central crystal is 3.5 cm and is fully terminated on the back of the piece, as well. IN fact, the whole backside is complete and showy, just with a few very minor bits of edge wear showing while the front is pristine. It is more transparent in person I believe, because the photos were not overdone or taken with close lighting which makes the crystals appear more gemmy when more strongly backlit. This is a major specimen, suitable for any collection and, I think, a real treasure from a place where this kind of money does not buy the best aquamarines or tourmaline but can land you something like this that just leaps out of the crowd, to my eye. Joe Budd photos
Hessonite Garnet from Tanzania [http://img.irocks.com/new09/rlkg037a.JPG]
Tanzania
Thumbnail, 13.00 mm ; 10.68 carats
Hessonite Garnets are some of the most vivid and beautiful gems in the Garnet family. These stones are beloved for their great color and large size stones. Garnets are generally very difficult to find in stones over 4 or 5 carats because the material simply does not often form large, gemmy sections that produce big stones. This gem is really impressive with a rich red color (with a slight orange overtone) and an attractive Flower Round Brilliant cut, but the greatest aspect of this stone is the sheer size! It is very difficult to find a gem of this quality with this color over 10 carats. They are truly few and far between in this size range. The stone is virtually eye clean and the color amazingly very rich. A great opportunity for a Garnet to collector to add a significant gem to their collection.
Grossular from Tanzania [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/gems-244a.JPG]
Tanzania
Thumbnail, 8.29 mm x 5.21 mm ; 1.08 cts
Garnet comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. I've seen this color of Grossular from Mali, but this is first yellow Grossular I've seen from Tanzania. There are plenty of green Grossulars from Tanzania, but yellow is not so common. This gem has VVS clarity, and has a great light yellow color with a "Pear" cut. I think that this is a very underappreciated gem, and this color is not seen very often in Grossular so don't miss out.
Tsavorite from Tsavo National Park, Kenya [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/gems-246a.JPG]
Tsavo National Park, Kenya
Thumbnail, 6.1 mm x 4.5 mm ; 0.70 cts
Tsavroite is a Vanadium bearing Grossular and was discovered over 30 years ago in Kenya. This material along with Demantoid, is the best green Garnet in the world. Typically this material can be a very light mint green or an undesirably dark green, but this particular gem is a rich, very desirable, saturated, intense emerald green color. Tsavorite has for many years been a rare, high-in-demand gemstone in the retail market, and thus commands a high price due its rarity and beauty. Keep in mind that the top quality Tsavorite in the world only comes from one area and the supply has certainly been dwindling in the last 10 years. This gem is a superb, saturated, nearly eye clean, "Cushion" cut gem and is very good quality.
Grossular Garnet from Sierra de los Cruces, Lake Jaco Locality, Coahuila, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Garnet-SierraDeLosCruces-Mexico-57mm-JB428-04.jpg]
Sierra de los Cruces, Lake Jaco Locality, Coahuila, Mexico
Small Cabinet, 5.7 x 3.5 x 3.4 cm
A 3-cm-across, sharp, dramatic, textbook crystal of wine-red garnet sits here on a well trimmed matrix. This is an old and rare style, for the locality, quite different from the generally matte finish crystals you usually see from here in a variety of browns and orange colors (and, from one large find of the past, in pink). The crystal is well excavated without any repairs, and is nearly pristine (just the tiniest little dings are present, in context on such a sharp, exposed crystal). The piece is a significant Mexican garnet specimen and has the aesthetics you would want in garnet from other lcoalities, but seldom see in the lumpy matrix characteristic of this particular location. ex. Dave Stoudt Mexico Collection, and previously in the Evan Jones Mexico Collection (both being very notable for the suites assembled). Joe Budd photos.
Grossular Garnet from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec Province, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/OB14A/OB14A24a.JPG]
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec Province, Canada
Thumbnail, 2.7 x 2.4 x 1.8 cm
A choice thumbnail composed of classic Jeffrey Mine Garnets. They are gemmy, a beautiful amber-orange in color, and have the classic striations on the stepped faces. Even better in person, but you can tell why Jeffrey Mine Garnets are considered the best in the world.
Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, canada [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/OB14B/OB14B38a-herb-obodda-collection-fine-mineral-specimen.JPG]
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Quebec, canada
Miniature, 5.4 x 3.2 x 1 cm
The finest Grossular Garnets in the world come from the Jeffrey Mine, and this is a fine example of why (even if in miniature size). The crystals have good color, fabulous striations, and glassy luster and gemminess. The largest crystal is 1 cm across, and it is partially contracted in the back. An aesthetic, representative specimen from Jeffrey.
Grossular var. Hessonite Garnet from Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan [http://img.irocks.com/2014-updates/OB14C/ob14c09a-herb-obodda-fine-mineral-specimens.JPG]
Nuristan, Laghman Province, Afghanistan
Small Cabinet, 8.4 x 7 x 4.5 cm
Excellent specimen of large, dark red Hessonite Garnet crystals, emplaced on a garnet-rich matrix. The Garnets have good to very good luster, heavily modifed habits with beautifully beveled edges, and they are translucent to gemmy. You can see just how gemmy and rich they are below some of the mirror faces. The largest crystal is a substantial 3.2 cm across, even with contacting along one side. The crystals are in fine condition, with very few actual dings. There is even a band of an attractive, dark blue mineral encased within the matrix. The luster and size of the Hessonite Garnets make this specimen a fascinating piece with good aesthetics.
Grossular Garnet with Diopside from Crestmore Quarry, Riverside County, California, USA [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/ORD68a.jpg]
Crestmore Quarry, Riverside County, California, USA
Cabinet, 14.3 x 8.2 x 3.7 cm
The Crestmore quarry was one of the favorite collecting sites for Al Ordway and this specimen is a good example of the kind of rare material he put away. It features many lustrous and translucent, cinnamon-colored grossular crystals to 1.5 cm across, associated with a few prismatic, lustrous and slightly translucent, diopside crystals (to 2 cm in length). Obtained by collecting it in 1969, according to the label.
Grossular from Sri Lanka [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/rlkg136a.jpg]
Sri Lanka
Thumbnail, 8.4 x 6.9 mm ; 1.76 carats
Garnet comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. These gems remind me somewhat of the great "Cinnamon" Grossulars from the Jeffrey Quarry in Quebec, Canada. I've seen this material for a few years now and it is very impressive for Grossular both from the standpoint of clarity AND color. This gem is virtually eye clean and has a great light orange color with a slight peach overtone and an Oval cut. I think that this is a very underappreciated gem, and this color is not seen very often in Grossular so don't miss out.
Grossular from Kenya [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/rlkg250a.jpg]
Kenya
Thumbnail, 8.7 x 5.7 mm ; 1.34 carats
Garnet comes in virtually every color of the rainbow. A few years ago, Mali was producing some very attractive light green Grossulars (along with yellow, golden and brown gems), but it seems as though this material has disappeared from the market in recent years. This stone looks very similar to the material from Mali, but came labeled to me as being from Kenya from a very reliable source. This gem is virtually eye clean and has a nice green color with a Pear cut. I think that this is a very underappreciated gem, and this color is not seen very often in Grossular so don't miss out.
Tsavorite Garnet from Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Tsav9.jpg]
Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania
Thumbnail, 6.24cts
Arguably the most impressive and important stone of the lot -- an absolutely beautiful gem with unbelievable presence in person. The neon-green color is evenly saturated and appears deepened by the excellent oval cut. Not too dark (though dark is technically good in investment tsavorites!) and not too light (which some people prefer for jewelry uses), we can only describe this stone as a �screamer.� A significant stone: This is a superb display specimen of excellent size and would make an incredible piece of jewelry. Irreplaceable at this price from our source, and a tremendous value for the price. 1.1 x 1.2 x 1.2 cm. 6.24 carats . $1600/ct. Stones of this quality and size are exceedingly rare on the market now
Tsavorite Garnet from Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania [http://img.irocks.com/new2010/Tsav20.jpg]
Merelani Mine, Arusha, Tanzania
Thumbnail, 5.20cts
This large gem has a rare and investment-grade collection of attributes: notable size and quality, deeply saturated color of the finest green; and a cut to excellent proportions. Pieces of rough to cut a stone of this size, color and quality are hardly ever found. The size is clearly significant for a stone of this quality. This stone was meant to attract attention as a display piece ( highly recommended specimen for a rough-and-cut set) but would go well either in a museum collection or as part of a stunning piece of jewelry. Not easily replaceable on the market today, and at a competitive price below $2000 per carat. 1.2 x 0.9 x 0.6 cm 5.20 carats $1900/ct
Hessonite Garnet from Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Pakistan [http://img.irocks.com/pics/tt38a.jpg]
Haramosh Mts., Skardu District, Baltistan, Pakistan
Thumbnail, 2.5 x 2.4 x 2.1 cm
Brilliant, gemmy crystals accompanied by what seems to be a spray of altered diopsides, though altered into what I have no idea. Beautiful combo, in any case!
Hessonite Garnet from Mana Mine, Barang, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/SPESSARTINE-GARNET-AFGHANISTAN-6.5CM-JB102-4.jpg]
Mana Mine, Barang, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Pakistan
Small Cabinet, 6.5 x 5.3 x 5 cm
Crystals to 3 cm form a beautiful knoll of solid garnet here, complete all around but for only very minor contact points on a few minor crystals. These really bright, orangey-red garnets have been trickling out of Afghanistan now for the last year. Except…they really turn out to be from Pakistan! The color is phenomenal, but combined with the size…this is really exceptional stuff and we have not seen garnet like this from Pakistan or Afghanistan previously. Wine red spessartines, we have seen. But gemmy, colorful crystals like this, not common at all. I have never found a big stash of these for sale...just picked up a piece here or there from various German and native dealers. Although variously labelled grossular or spessartine, I am told fairly reliably that they are, in fact, hessonite garnets (see also J11-31 on this site).Joe Budd Photos
Garnet var. Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Estrie, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Garnet-Hessonite-JeffreyMine-Canada-5cm-JB190-04.jpg]
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Estrie, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 5 x 4.5 x 1.7 cm
Glassy, transparent, richly colored garnet crystals to 1.5 cm make this a beautiful plate from the classic, now closed locale. The specimen literally formed as a "plate" , coating a wall in situ. So it is minutely crystallized around the back, though it looks flat there. The brightness of the piece , and the size of the garnets, give it a good impact in a case. From an old French Canadian collection, being sold off at Tucson 2011. Joe Budd photos
Garnet var. Grossular from Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Estrie, Quebec, Canada [http://img.irocks.com/new2011/Garnet-Hessonite-JeffreyMine-Canada-44mm-JB191-01.jpg]
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Estrie, Quebec, Canada
Miniature, 4.4 x 3.0 x 1.4 cm
A totally gemmy, 3-dimensional, 1.6-cm garnet crystal crowns this beautiful plate from the classic, now closed locale. The specimen literally formed as a "plate" , coating a wall in situ. So it is minutely crystallized around the back, though it looks flat there. The brightness of the piece , and the size of the garnets, give it a good impact in a case. From an old French Canadian collection, being sold off at Tucson 2011. Joe Budd photos
Grossular Garnet with Quartz from Vesper Peak, Sultan Basin, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/Garnet-VesperPeak-Washington-122mm-JB607-08.jpg]
Vesper Peak, Sultan Basin, Snohomish Co., Washington, USA
Cabinet, 12.2 x 9.0 x 6.0 cm
Vesper Peak was a legendary locality that was difficult to reach, and difficult to collect. Few large specimens ever came out, and this was self collected by Karl Faddis (we got his collection in 2011). Karl Faddis was a local legend himself, and built a superb collection of self-collected Washington and Northwest regional material. This piece, from his collection, is a whole pocket of brilliantly lustrous, gemmy garnets perched on quartz. Although there is some peripheral damage, the core display area is mostly intact and this is an important locality specimen. Joe Budd Photos.
Grossular Garnet from Sierra de las Cruces, Alicante, Coahuila, Mexico [http://img.irocks.com/new2012/Grossular-SierraDeLasCruces-Mexico-11cm-JB688-10.jpg]
Sierra de las Cruces, Alicante, Coahuila, Mexico
Cabinet, 11.0 x 7.0 x 4.3 cm
Sharp, textbook crystals of this intense raspberry-colored garnet measure to 2 cm across on this cabinet piece. Although small pieces and large plates with jumbly masses were around briefly when these came out in the late 1990s, very few larger specimens had quality of aesthetics AND quality of crystals on the same piece. These crystals have a sharp form, saturated color, and are wonderfully isolated on matrix. Few specimens of this quality were found, and fewer still can be had on the market. To this day, these remain a unique, beautiful garnet find that is unlike any found elsewhere. A Mexican classic, but also a very fine and colorful garnet specimen by any standard. ex Dave Stoudt Mexico collection (purchased from me originally in 2007 when it came up to market). Joe Budd Photos.
Grossular Garnet pseudo. after Epidote from Eden Mills, Lowell, Vermont, USA [http://img.irocks.com/usa1/usa73abg.jpg]
Eden Mills, Lowell, Vermont, USA
Small Cabinet, 6.7 x 4.2 x 3.8 cm
A rare replacement, classic for this locality! This is a super specimen with a large, 3-dimensional, sharp crystal at the top of a cluster of smaller ones. The Grossular garnet has completely replaced a former epidote crystal cluster. Diopside crystals deposited later, accent the termination. Although there is a slight contact to the right side of the replaced epidote termination, the termination is basically complete, and sure looks complete at first glance. Again, it is a very choice example for the style because of the sharpness of crystal habit here. ex. Ken Hollman Collection