Garnet var. Spessartine "Mandarin"
Gems and Jewelry, 15 x 13 x 12 mm; 20.04 cts

A pure orange spessartine garnet of the most desirable color from important finds of the early 1990s in this gem district, spectacularly cut and faceted. It has a stunning brilliance to it, hard to convey in photos - it is like looking into the most clean reflective glass you can imagine. For more on this true Namibian find of "mandarin garnet," you can google various gem data sites: These were found between 1991 to 1992, and the deposit is now exhausted. Old material, now hard to obtain, from the collection of former Pro football player, gem collector, entrepreneur, and mineral collector, Ron Gladnick. Joe Budd photos. One good quote I found online is this: Prior to the 1990s, spessartine was classified as a rare collector's stone. That changed in 1991 when an important new find was made in Northwestern Namibia. The best Namibian spessartine was such a vivid orange that it was given the name mandarin garnet, a name that is now commonly used for many orange spessartine gems: Today most orange, reddish orange or orange-red garnets are marketed as Mandarin Garnets. Originally this term was exclusively used for the spectacular Spessartines from Namibia. (courtesy