Demantoid Garnet

Sources: Russia, Namibia, Mali
Hardness: 6.5-7
Common treatments: none, heating (Russian demantoid)

Demantoid garnet is the green variety of the Andradite garnet. Its incomparable brilliance and fire inspired its name, which means "diamond-like." Collectors prize demantoids that feature a horsetail inclusion, which is a form of asbestos known as chrysolite. These inclusions can only be found in demantoids from Russia, which are often heated to intensify their color.

Namibian demantoid garnets are a more recent discovery and although they do not display the horsetail, they are rarely treated and more readily available.

All rough material is hand-picked as close to the course as possible and cut with extra care to enhance their beauty.