I am looking for source for "Mandarin Garnets" Which I believe is
a orange color (tangerine) variety of Spessartine Garnet.
Hi Jim, As I understand it, the only spessartine/spessartite that
is legitimately called “Mandarin Garnet” is the material that comes
out of Namibia. (It is the most purely orange gemstone that I have
ever seen; other spessartite seems to have at least a slightly
brownish overtone.) Some say the Nigerian spessartite rivals it.
There is only one source for this Mandarin Garnet that I know of
(they’re in Tucson every year): G.E.M. Namibia (Pty.), Ltd. As far
as I know, they have no website. Their email address is
email@example.com (Israel). I would think they could tell
you which US dealers might have this material.
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