Mahenge Garnets come in a Rainbow of colors, from bright rich Raspberry, to Peachy Pink, and even some amazing Subtle Salmon Colors, with the variety of colors being virtually endless. This particular piece is a beautiful deep pinkish-red color weighing 11.32 cts. and measuring 18x10x8mm. This piece has amazing color and a generally blocky shape with one side being just slightly smaller in width than the other and should cut a loupe clean stone.
There has to be something very magical about the soil that these wonderful new Mahenge Garnets are found, as the dispersion that these gems show when cut in incredible. Tests have shown these to be a type Pyralspite Garnet, a mix of Pyrope, Almandite, and Spessartite. Some pieces even have small traces of Grossular Garnet also. The refractive index has tested out at 1.76 to 1.77.
These fabulous gems are found in several remote alluvial mining operations, in the Ulanga district, Morogoro Region, in Tanzania. The rush has been on, to find these fine gems, and there certainly seems to be a sort of “Gold Rush” happening there now. From the reports we have heard, the population has nearly doubled since the discovery of the incredible gem. However this materials production has been slowing rapidly and we predict it will become much harder to find in the very near future.
Since the discovery in December of 2015, New Era Gems has been providing Gemcutters in America, Europe and Asia, with fine clean cutting rough. And the reports from our clients are simple. All agree that this is certainly some incredible facet rough. Great shapes, clean, fine colors, and what else could you hope for?
This material has not been treated.