What’s a Merelani Mint garnet? It’s basically a light green grossular garnet, not dark enough green to be called a Tsavorite. The coloring comes from vanadium. The name comes from the Merelani region of Tanzania, although those light green garnets are also found in nearby Kenya. Grossular garnet has a relatively high refractive index which helps the gems achieve a high level of brilliance.
This gem is cut in my custom “Helena” brilliant oval design. Its an extremely bright design that shows a great deal of scintillation and some dispersion. The gem weighs 0.95 carats and measures 6.3 x 5.2 x 4.0 mm. This gem is eye clean–there are just a few tiny inclusions not visible without a 10x loupe.