Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gemstone of the Week: Spessartine

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Spessartine is an absolutely gorgeous stone.  As mentioned in a previous blog post, Spessartine is a variety of Garnet. It was discovered in 1832 and is named after where it was first found: the Spessart Mts, Germany.  Spessartine has a hardness of 6.5-7.5, may be transparent or translucent, and has a vitreous or resinous luster.. When most people thin of Garnets they think of red, however, that is not the only colour that Garnets may be found in.  Spessartine may be red, reddish orange, yellowish brown, reddish brown, or brown in colour.  Like all gemstones, Spessartine varies in value based on size, colour, and quality.  It's per carat value an can range from as low as $5 to as high as $1,500.  Spessartine is find a a great many locations.  It may be found in: Afghanistan, Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma(Myanmar), Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, French Guinea, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the moon, Turkey, England, Scotland, Wales, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, the Canadian provinces of: Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Northwest Territories, Newfoundland; and Labrador, and in the states of: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.