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Mineralogy of Spessartine Garnet
Mineral Family: Garnet Group
Chemical Composition: Mn2+3Al2(SiO4)3
Color: Orange, red- yellow
Crystal System: Cubic
Form/Habit: Dodecahedral, trapezohedral
Fracture: Conchoidal, splintery, brittle
Luminescence: Mostly none
Transparency: Transparent to opaque
Location: Garnets are found worldwide. Spessartine Garnets have been found in Afghanistan, Australia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, India, Israel, Madagascar, Myanmar, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States.
Mineral Family: Spessartine 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 most common Garnet is Almandine (red). Other varieties including Andradite (black, green, yellow), Grossular (various), Pyrope (red) and Uvarovite (green). Spessartine Garnets are orange/yellow.
Formation: Garnets can be formed in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Spessartine Garnet is found in igneous rocks, usually granite.
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: While lab created Red Garnets exist and are occasionally used in fine jewelry, all Spessartines Garnets on the market, whether fine gemstones or tumbled stones, may be considered completely natural, enhanced only by tumbling, cutting, and polishing.
Synonyms: Orange Garnet, Spessartite Garnet, Carbuncle, Mandrian Garnet
History of Spessartine Garnet
Garnet has one of the oldest and most detailed historical traditions of any healing stone. Originally, the term “Garnet” was only used for the reddish varieties, Almandine and Pyrope, and did not include orange Spessartine, green Uvarovite, the various shades of Andradite or Grossular. 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. Red Garnets were described in many ancient lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that geologists and metaphysical writers saw Spessartine Garnet as a distinct mineral. The name Spessartine comes from Spessart, Bavaria, where Spessartine Garnet was first documented in the mid 1800s. Spessartine has gained in popularity since the 1990s, after particularly vivid and clear garnets were found in African deposits.
Healing Properties of Spessartine Garnet
Spiritual: Spessartine Garnet is a powerful stone for attraction and manifestation, teaching us how to transform our visions into reality. It gives us confidence, strength and vigor, and inspires our creativity. When we are attracted to Spessartine Garnet, it is a sign that we are ready to move to a higher level, spiritually or materially, and live more fully alive. Spessartine Garnet ignites within us a fierce desire for self-realization and gives us the strength to endure both spiritual hardships, as well as the more prosaic everyday struggles in the pursuit of our dreams. Spessartine Garnet is also a very joyful stone, showing us the incredible beauty of this world and reminding us how truly fortunate we are. Spessartine Garnet helps us to see challenges as adventures and to move with both passion and serenity, as the situation calls for. It also increases the flow of chi energy through our bodies and clears away any negative energy that has become stuck. Spessartine Garnet is attuned to the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus Chakras and linked to the astrological signs of Leo, Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius. It is connected to the elements of Earth and Fire and vibrates to the numbers 1, 2, and 7.
Emotional: Spessartine Garnet guides us to a place where we can feel emotionally free, peaceful and happy. It is a fundamentally positive stone, encouraging us to be optimistic and daring us to take action. It gives courage to our hearts and strips away inhibitions and feelings of unworthiness. Spessartine Garnet invites us to truly embrace our own sensuality and sexuality, without fear or shame. Likewise, it encourages us to be more accepting and comfortable with other people’s sexuality. Spessartine challenges the concept of “sin” whenever it pertains to love and union, and can help us to explore sacred sexuality, such as Tantric practices. Spessartine Garnet is a wonderful stone for anyone who is currently looking for a romantic partner and is seeking sexual and emotional fulfillment. While we play the dating field, Spessartine Garnet reminds us to also actively cultivate self-love and self-respect and to be willing to explore new ideas and new types of people.
Mental: Spessartine Garnet 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. Spessartine Garnet is an exceptionally creative stone, making it a wonderful talisman for artists, writers, performers, and anyone else who relies on creative powers for their livelihood or as an enjoyable hobby.
Physical: Spessartine Garnet is most often used by metaphysical healers to aid in fertility and treating the reproductive and sexual systems. Spessartine Garnet is said to invigorate the body and has been used for weight loss and body building. It is also believed to help treat calcium deficiencies and reduce lactose intolerance.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Spessartine Garnet
The Miners sell directly to the Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in the same country.
This Spessartine Garnet comes from a small garnet mine in Aggeneys, South Afrcia .
The mine most likely caused only minor environmental damage,
and would have been relatively low risk for miners.
Learn More: Ethical Mining
This Spessartine Garnet was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Spessartine Garnet Tumbled Stone
Color: 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 Spessartine Garnet
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