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Mineralogy of Hessonite Garnet
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Ca3Al2Si3O12
Color: Orange, yellow
Crystal System: Cubic
Fracture: Conchoidal to uneven
Luminescence: Rare Yellow-white, very weak (long and short waves)
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, 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
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.
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: All varieties of Garnet are believed to be a phenomenal stones for improving physical health. Hessonite Garnet is said to stimulate the metabolism and immune system, as well as regulating hormone production. It is used by metaphysical healers to treat issues infertility, impotence and issues related to the reproductive organs and circulatory system. Hessonite Garnet is also believed to heal the nose and olfactory system.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Hessonite Garnet
The Miners tumble and polish their own stock.
They sell to a US Importer with local Peruvian roots.
The Importer sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is short and clean.
The Mine, Lapidary and Export company are located in the same country.
This Hessonite Garnet is a byproduct of an industrial Garnet mine in Peru.
The exact deposit is unknown, but Peru has some of the best safety standards for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
The Lapidary & Importer
This Hessonite Garnet was polished in Lima, Peru and imported to the United States.
The Importer is a family business with deep ties to Peruvian miners.
It was founded by an aunt in the USA and her nephew in Lima, Peru.
The Importer is eco-conscious and workers are paid fairly
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I first spoke to the manager of the export company after finding them online in early 2017 and met the manager in person at the Denver Gem Show later that year. I was cautious about doing business with them since they are the exporter, rather than the miners or tumblers. But I studied their company and was pleased by their dedication to environmentalism. They focus on exporting Fair Trade, Consciously-Made, and No-Harm Peruvian handicrafts. They also have worked to reduce their carbon footprint in their wholesale warehouse.
In 2019, I had a long conversation with the manager about ethical topics in the stone industry. She was willing to speak candidly about both the positives and the negatives. She also shared how she personally struggled with the ethical issues and her part in the supply chain. Whenever a shipment of goods arrives from Peru, she insists on smudging every box before it is brought into the factory. The manager introduced me to the mother of the current owner. A tiny woman, less than 5 ft tall, she was happy to reminisce with me about how she started the company more than 30 years ago. She had been a young immigrant mother, searching for a new life. Her nephew, back in Peru, shipped her a few buckets of Pyrite and asked her to see if she could sell them. She laughed to remember those days and radiated happiness and gratitude. Today, the business is run by her son and his cousin in Peru.
Hessonite Garnet Tumbled Stone
Color: Dark reddish-orange. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Hessonite Garnet
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