Garnet, Hessonite (Gem Quality)


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Healing Properties of Hessonite Garnet

Spiritual: Hessonite Garnet is a powerful talisman for spiritual warriors and a wonderful tool for manifesting abundance.  It encourages us to be open to receiving and growing, and not to allow ourselves to become stiff and closed off.  On a practical level, Hessonite Garnet invites us to closely examine our thoughts and habits, and to change them as needed so that we can continually become a better version of ourselves.  Hessonite Garnet reminds us to not waste time feeling guilty or ashamed of areas where we need to do some personal work.  Instead, it cheerfully encourages us to simply get to work and start anew!  Hessonite Garnet is a very joyful stone, reminding us that life is a beautiful adventure and we are blessed to be on it and lucky to be able to help others.  Hessonite Garnet can also be used to strengthen our intuition and psychic abilities and keep us safe on spiritual journeys.  Hessonite Garnet is attuned to the Root (1st) Chakra and the astrological sign of Aries.  It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the number 6.

Emotional: Hessonite Garnet strengthens our sense of self-respect and helps us to make choices that we will be proud of.  It asks us to dismiss any feelings of inferiority and instead do our best and know that it will be sufficient.  Hessonite Garnet gives courage to our hearts, daring us to love boldly and openly.   It strips away inhibitions, and feelings of shame and unworthiness, allowing us to truly embrace sensuality and sexuality.  Hessonite Garnet is also an excellent ally during breakups and heartache.  It helps us to better enjoy our own solitary company and to engage in activities with make us feel loved and cared for.

Mental: Hessonite Garnet encourages us to rise up to new challenges and expand our mental horizons.   It helps us to release old ideas, beliefs, and patterns, whenever they no longer accurately represent our level of knowledge or our actual lifestyle. It is a stone of new beginnings and freedom, shaking us out of whatever rut we are in, and challenging us to come alive intellectually and creatively.  Hessonite Garnet encourages us to trust our gut instincts and to be willing to take the occasional leap of faith.  It also helps us to resist the urge to identify too closely with our beliefs.  Having that little bit of distance makes it easier for us to examine our beliefs critically, be open to new information, and evolve as necessary.  Hessonite Garnet invites us to use our intellectual capabilities in service to the world and to find clever ways to be more generous.

Physical: Hessonite Garnet is recommended for anyone who is suffering from issues related to hormones, infertility, impotence, or a reproductive system that simply isn’t working the way we might wish.  When this part of our body is acting weird, it can make us feel very awkward and we might be uncomfortable or scared of talking to a doctor.  Hessonite Garnet helps us to be brave and be curious, and to strongly value self-care.  As a talisman, Hessonite Garnet can help us feel hopeful when trying to get pregnant or is pregnant, especially if we’re feeling spooked because of past fertility problems.  It is also a delightful talisman for anyone interested in improving our sense of smell, whether for purely physical reasons or to improve our instincts in general.  Does a situation “smell right”?  Does it “smell wrong”?  Hessonite Garnet helps us to trust our bodies’ instincts.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Hessonite Garnet

Hessonite Garnet, Belvidere Mountain Quarries, Vermont, USA

Mineral Family: Garnet Group

Chemical Composition: Ca3Al2Si3O12 
Cleavage: None
Color: Orange, yellow
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Dodecahedral
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
Gravity: 3.61
Hardness: 7-7.5
Luminescence: Rare Yellow-white, very weak (long and short waves)
Luster: Vitreous
Streak: White
Transparency: Transparent to opaque

Location: The most important Hessonite Garnet deposits are located in India and Sri Lanka.  Additional deposits have been found in Afghanistan, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington)

Mineral Family: Hessonite Garnet belongs to the Garnet Family, which is in turn a member of the Silicate Mineral Family.  Silicate minerals are the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. There are six main groups of Silicate minerals, and these main groups are further subdivided into secondary subdivisions, such as Quartz and Garnet. The Garnet Family has 9 main minerals in it, the most common of which is Almandine (dark red). Other varieties including Andradite (varied), Grossular (varied),  Spessartine (orange) and Uvarovite (green).  Hessonite Garnet is the red variation of Grossular.

Formation: Garnets can be formed in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.  Hessonite Garnet is formed when sedimentary rocks with a high calcium content, such as Limestone, are subjected to intense heat and pressure due to regional metamorphism. New minerals are formed and the garnets grow as the rock changes into Marble or other metamorphic rocks.  Hessonite’s coloring is due to iron and magnesium inclusions.

Mining: Garnets may be mined in open pits or in secondary alluvial deposits. They are occasionally found as inclusions in Diamonds. Garnets are mined for use as abrasives as well as for fine gemstones.

Enhancements: Lab created Garnets exist and are occasionally used in fine jewelry. But tumbled Garnets are natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.

Synonyms: Cinnamon Stone, Cinnamon Garnet, Orange Garnet, Orange Grossular

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Hessonite GarnetRegional Metamorphism

History of Hessonite Garnet

Garnets have one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. But, originally, the term “Garnet” was only used for the reddish varieties, Almandine and Pyrope, and did not include orange Spessartine, green Uvarovite, or the various shades of Andradite or Grossular, including Hessonite. For most of history, Red Garnets, Rubies, and other glowing red stones such as Spinal and Tourmaline were thought to belong to the same mineral family, called “Carbuncle” – a name which means “little spark.” It wasn’t until the 19th century that these stones were correctly divided into separate mineral families.

The name Garnet comes from the Latin words granum or granitus, meaning grain or seeds. These words in turn have an even older origin, coming from the Phonecian punica granatum, meaning “pomegranate seeds.” The reference refers to more than just the glowing red color and common shape of Almandine and Pyrope Garnets. Interestingly, when found in matrix, Garnets often cluster much like pomegranate seeds do.  Hessonite is a variety of Grossular Garnet.  It is nicknamed “Cinnamon Stone” because of its orange-red color.

Photos: Cinnamon

Ethically Sourced Hessonite Garnet


The Miners sell to directly to the Labidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.







The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is short and clean.

The Mine and Lapidary are located in the same country.



The Mine

This Almandine Garnet was artisanally-mined in Orrissa, India.  

The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage,

and would have been relatively low risk for miners. 

Learn More: Ethical Mining


The Lapidary

This Hessonite Garnet was polished in Mumbai, India.

The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary


Sourcing Relationship.

I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017.  Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget.  But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen.  A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!

In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing.  Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical.  We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries.  We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God.   Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.

Safe Handling of Hessonite Garnet

Hessonite Garnet

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Hessonite Garnet

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: India

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.


  • Color: Red-Orange
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AAA
  • Shape: Flat ovals
  • Size: Average size varies
    • Small is .5 in / 12 mm
    • Large is .75 in / 19 mm
  • Transparency: Transparent, may have some inclusions
  • Weight: Average weight varies
    • Small is 4 g /20 carats
    • Large is 8 g / 40 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.00


  1. Cynthia C. (Texas)

    I bought several stones from Julie, and she took the time to accommodate my special requests. I’m very happy with all of them! They are gorgeous and lustrous. Worth the extra cost to know where the stones came from. Thank you!! Will be back for more 🙂

  2. Jessica A. (Massachusetts)

    Beautiful crystal – well packaged and incredible customer service!

  3. Jennifer S. (Colorado)

    The hessonite garnet is awesome! I love holding it up to the light and gazing inside! It was shipped quickly and carefully packed! Thank you!

  4. Jennifer S (Colorado)

    I received my garnets, and the are all beautiful! It took a while to be able to see them in the sunlight due to terrible weather, but they were all stunning when I was finally able to.

    The rhodolite and hessonite are awesome! I love holding them up to the light and gazing inside! I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to tell them apart easily, but the rhodolite has such a beautiful red-purple color while the hessonite is a warm orange-red.

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