Gem of the month
Its intensive color, a unique brightness and an outstanding brilliancy make it our Gem of the Month: The Mandarin Garnet. Due to its unique nature it is used in many of our color stories.
The Mandarin Garnet belongs to the nesosilicates. It is also called Spessartine as it was originally mined in Spessart, near Aschaffenburg in Germany. It rates 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of hardness. Intensively orange and clear Mandarin Garnets considered to be particularly precious.
Although first found in the Spessart area, the Mandarin Garnet is no longer mined there. Today, the most important countries of origin are Tanzania, Nigeria and Namibia.
History & Meaning
The name "Mandarin Garnet" dates back to 1990 when it was first found in Namibia. In Northern Namibia, miners found garnets with an outstanding orange color never seen before. Since then, the word “Mandarin” has been used for this kind of gems, also in reference to high-level government officials in ancient China who always wore this vibrant orange color. The Mandarin Garnet is a gemstone full of positivity. It can give you hope and courage and opens your eyes for new perspectives.
Thanks to its bright and luminous color, the Mandarin Garnet is an eye-catcher in any piece of jewelry. Wear it as a dash of color on its own or combine it with other colorful gems for an outstanding composition.
Clean with warm soapy water. Do not use ultrasonic or steam cleaning. Clean every piece of jewelry separately to avoid them being scratched by other pieces.