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Spessartite Garnet Ring Information

GemSelect Spessartite Garnet Rings
About Spessartite Garnet Rings Back to Top

What is special about spessartite garnet rings is their beautiful orange color and outstanding sparkle, which is due to a very high refractive index. Spessartite garnet is quite a rare garnet variety that was not often seen in rings until the past twenty years or so due to a lack of gemstone material. However, it is now popular for both ladies' and men's jewelry, including faceted gemstone rings and cabochon rings. While a lot of other reddish garnet rings tend to be very dark in color, spessartite garnet rings are bright. Spessartite garnet rings are beautiful, durable and glow in yellow gold, rose gold or white precious metal rings. If you like fancy orange diamonds and golden sapphires, spessartite garnet is a tangerine dream that is definitely worth looking into, since spessartite garnet rings bring fire and sparkle, making fingers fabulous.

Spessartite Garnet Ring History Back to Top

Spessartite garnet ring history is not very lengthy, since spessartite was rarely seen in gemstone jewelry until quite recently. The name, spessartite comes from the Bavarian, "Spessart", a word meaning "forest" and the name of a mountain range in Germany where spessartite garnets were found in the 1880s. While there are some antique spessartite garnet rings from this time, it was not until the 1990s when further deposits of spessartite garnet were found in Namibia and Mozambique. This means that spessartite garnet rings were a very rare find until around twenty years ago when they began to emerge on the mainstream jewelry scene. Since then, spessartite rings have increased in popularity and have featured in fine gemstone rings by Jacob & Co., Boucheron, Chaumet, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and other historically important jewelry designers.

Spessartite Garnet Rings of the Rich and Famous Back to Top

Spessartite garnet rings of the rich and famous include a ring worn by Jaimie Alexander, who played the character of Sif in the movie, "Thor". She wore a Victor Velyan deep orange-red spessartite garnet mounted in a white metal ring with bold yellow gold detail. Swedish actress, Alicia Vikander wore all Louis Vuitton, from dress to jewels, including an 18k white gold and spessartite garnet ring to the 2016 SAG Awards. She shone even more when she won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in "The Danish Girl". Shailene Woodley, actress in "Divergent" and "The Descendants", showed off a Harry Winston spessartite garnet and pink sapphire ring at the 2012 Oscars. In Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale of 2013, a platinum spessartite garnet ring by Bulgari reached $45,365. The simple, but stunning ring was mounted with a deep orange-brown rectangular spessartite garnet.

Spessartite Garnet Ring Designs Back to Top
Silver Spessartite Garnet Ring with Gold Detail
Silver Spessartite Garnet Ring with Gold Detail
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The warm color of spessartite garnet makes it perfect for rose gold and yellow gold spessartite garnet ring designs. A stunning Mark Schneider spessartite garnet, tsavorite garnet and white diamond ring won the JCK Jewelers Choice Award 2008. The 22k yellow gold men's ring featured a checkerboard spessartite garnet center stone. The gender-neutral hue of spessartite garnet gems makes it perfect for both masculine and feminine designs. For men's rings, spessartite garnet is often paired with contrasting green gemstones, such as tsavorite garnet or emerald, and for ladies' rings; spessartite garnet is often used in halo designs with white diamond or white sapphire accent stones. Both faceted ring designs and cabochon spessartite rings may be found in jewelry stores. A beautiful rose gold Cartier Panthère spessartite garnet ring with a "sugarloaf" spessartite cabochon can be seen in the Étourdissant Cartier Collection. One of the most flamboyant spessartite garnet rings is the Van Cleef & Arpels "Carpes Koi" cocktail ring from the Palais de la Chance Collection. This auspicious koi carp ring with a central yellow sapphire and spessartite garnet accent stones is said to have been the inspiration for the fabulous Carpe Koï watch. Along with fancy diamonds and sapphires, spessartite garnet is the "go to" gem for high jewelry ring designs, such as the Boucheron "Ladyhawke" ring. But where the former two gem types can be extremely highly priced, spessartite garnet gems are affordable.

Spessartite Garnet Ring Buying Guide Back to Top

A good spessartite garnet ring buying guide should point out that the most desirable color for spessartite garnet rings is either a bright, Fanta orange known as "mandarin spessartite" or a deeper red-orange called "aurora red", so spessartite garnet rings are also sold as "mandarin garnet rings" or "aurora red garnet rings". Sometimes the name spessartite is not specified, so spessartite rings are merely called "garnet rings" and their special qualities, including fabulous sparkle, are overlooked in the generalization. While most garnet rings are mounted with "eye clean" gemstones, spessartite garnets are rarely inclusion-free, so it is quite usual for a spessartite ring to have small imperfections and a VVS spessartite garnet ring should not be expected, however, spessartite garnets are usually completely natural and untreated.

How to Wear Spessartite Garnet Rings Back to Top

For good ideas on how to wear spessartite garnet rings, simply look at fancy orange diamonds and orange sapphires. The golden orange to deep reddish color of spessartite makes for incredibly vivid and sparkly rings. Spessartite garnet rings brighten up any neutral color and complement warm hues such as rust, orange, red and brown. Depending on the ring style, a spessartite ring can be worn almost anywhere; small spessartite rings can be stacked, large spessartite and diamond rings make beautiful statement and engagement rings, where spessartite garnet cabochon rings are ideal for men's jewelry. For those who would like to glow, spessartite rings are the perfect jewelry item and are durable enough to be worn every day.

Spessartite Garnet Ring Meanings Back to Top

Spessartite garnet ring meanings are quite similar to those for other garnet rings. Therefore spessartite rings are associated with promoting safe travel, a healthy sex life and are thought by some to heal the blood. Spessartite garnet rings are also thought to promote good business, compassion, security and self-confidence. Since garnet is the official birthstone for those born in January, spessartite garnet rings can be worn as birthstone rings and are also popular with those born under the sign of Pisces.

  • First Published: August-26-2016
  • Last Updated: December-19-2019
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