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Seeking Advice for Choosing Spessartite Garnet

agenova

Rough_Rock
Joined
May 16, 2013
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Hi there-

Orange is my favorite color and I have been looking at spessartites for a while. So many of the ones I see on your suggested vendor websites have already been sold, so I'm assuming that the good ones go quickly. It is depressing to see a stone that you like only to click on the link and find out that it has been sold! Stone dealers/cutters really need to move those stones to a "Sold" section so as not to disappoint potential customers like me!

I have it narrowed down to a selection of stones and was hoping to get some expert opinions on the options I have chosen. You will notice that there is a range of price points. I want to get the prettiest spessartite for the money that will look good set in a ring. I don't have a design yet but the shapes of the stones I'm looking at lend themselves to various options.

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chrono

Super_Ideal_Rock
Premium
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Apr 22, 2004
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37,354
What is the ideal orange to you? Pure orange? A little bit of yellow? Something with a touch of red?
I caution that citrine will look a bit glassy or dull compared to a garnet.
I also noticed that some of your options are not eye clean. Clarity isn't an issue?
 

minousbijoux

Super_Ideal_Rock
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If you are considering multiple types of stones, I would guess that perhaps you have not seen many stones in hand? If that is the case, I would suggest that before you commit to a stone type based on the color online, that you go to see some in person - either in jewelry stores or better, at a gem show. Many places have frequent shows so I would google "gem show" for your area. I personally love spess - no other stone type will do it for me due to its color and the crystal (except maybe a clean, vivid, untreated orange sapphire and I'm not holding my breath for that). Good luck! :))
 
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