A customer has brought an earring to me having lost one of them and
asked me to make a similar pair. The trouble is I’m having difficulty
identifying the stone. She knows I won’t get an exact match so I am
to find another pair as similar as possible. The original stone is a
brownish red, I think quite good quality. It has quite a sparkle and
appears to be well cut. It is 6mm x 4mm and set in gold although
probably only English 9ct. I was thinking it may be hessonite garnet
(cinnamon stone) but these appear to be quite hard to find and are
rather pricy - probably more so than these earrings were worth. Can
anyone suggest what else the stone might be?
Can anyone in the UK advise me where I might find hessonite garnets
or an alternative?