Monday, March 17, 2014

Hessonite is a grossularite garnet. While most of this type of garnet is green, Hessonite garnet ranges in color from pale champagne-yellow to an orange and even a reddish brown. 
The most well known hessonite deposits are in Sri Lanka but it is also found in India, Canada, Tanzania, Madagascar and Brazil.
Pictured is a pendant made in England around 1550 Enamelled gold, set with a hessonite garnet and a peridot, and hung with a sapphire. It is currently displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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