What exactly is the Mandarin Spessatite and how rare is it? Most people mistake a garnet to be in a typical red or reddish brown tones. However, the garnet family is fairly large. Some examples of garnets used in fine jewellery:
Tsavorite garnets (Green colour)
Malaia garnets (pink, peach, salmon, pink-purple colours)
Demantoid garnets (green, olive green, green-yellow colours)
Rhodolite garnets (berry, wine colours)
Mandarin garnets (orange, yellow-orange, orange-brown, reddish-orange colours)
The base colour of Mandarin Spessatites is orange, often times, with a yellow, brown or red modifier. Resulting in a colour that is yellowish-orange, orange with brown overtone or orange with red overtone. These colours can look nice but the best colours of the Mandarin garnets come in pure orange, with very little hint of any secondary modifier, resulting in people/consumers requesting for a “fanta” orange. Meaning the orange seen in the actual orange fruit. A zesty, bright, fiery orange. The area in Namibia that produced this brilliant, zesty, fiery “fanta” orange Spessatite was quickly mined and depleted in a very short span of 5 years. This mine is now closed. And with that, the production of “fanta” orange has also ceased, driving the prices for “fanta” orange through the roof, making this shade of orange the most prized hue in Mandarin garnets.
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Mandarin Spessartites: A collector’s gemstone
A special commission for a Mandarin Spessatite cocktail ring in a design that stands out in colour and is suitable for regular wear. It was super fun to make and below is definitely a fun piece to wear. Not your conventional gemstone with diamond ring but in a super stand-out colour surrounded by all-black gold and gemstone setting.
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On showcase will be our new collections of Spinels in a variety of colours, Blue Sapphires, Yellow Sapphires, Mandarin Spessatites, Tsavorite Garnets, Malaia Garnets, Padparascha Sapphires.
Also on display is our latest ready to wear collection featuring pearls, rubies and sapphires.
Garnets have good hardness and durability and come in various colours. The gemstone & jewellery industry dedicates a special mention to the Mandarin Spessatite, which ranges from a orange to yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange or a deep orange-red colour. And within this special class of garnets called the Mandarin Spessatites, there is a special locale that produces that signature Tangerine Orange colour. These are the ones from Namibia. In a class of its own.
Namibia produces Spessartites that come in a bright, fiery orange colour. Pure tangerine orange. Not too much yellow, not too much red. Just pure orange, like Tangerines.
It is the Manganese compound that gives the gemstone that bright orange colour. It is best to view Mandarin Spessartites in daylight, as viewing them in yellow light or store light might result in the Spessartite looking more warm in tone than it actually is, making it seem more “orange-y” than it really is.
Below is a stunning, customised set of Mandarin Spessartite jewellery.
What Mandarin Spessatites are famous for is their high lustre, brilliance and best of all, they are normally unheated and untreated. While Mandarin Spessatites do come with some natural inclusions visible to the eye, it is possible to source those that are relatively eye-clean.
On display for the first time at the Singapore International Jewellery Fair 2016: 5+ ct Unheat Mozambique Ruby, Eye-clean with good lustre. Catch it if you can!
We will be showcasing full suites of Sapphires, Rubies, Red Spinels, Pink Spinels, Pastel Spinels, Tsavorites, Mandarin Spessatites for the year 2016! All unheated, of course. Nothing less, from Heritage Gems.
Locale: Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Booth F26. 21 (Thursday) – 24 (Sunday) July 2016.
Icy blue frost is the best way to describe colour typical of swiss blue topaz. And our client had wanted to gift this pair of earrings in time for christmas. What better colour represents christmas than that of swiss blue topaz?
Our client was after simple drop earrings and was not so keen to have the topaz overshadowed by too many diamonds. He was also more inclined towards a simple, fuss-free and modern style. Hence, we decided on the pyramid-styled studs at the top which nicely complements the tear-drop topaz on the bottom.