This gorgeous garnet is a beautiful rich magenta color; in bright light it shows beautiful flashes red on the pink body color. Under incandescent light the color shifts to a deep reddish-pink. The garnet comes from a recent find outside Mahenge, Tanzania, which has become highly sought after due to the bright open colors. These garnets are in very limited and diminishing supply and the prices for the rough have increased dramatically in recent months. They have outstanding brilliance and dispersion that gives them a beautiful fire in the hand.
This gem has some minor inclusions but they’re not visible without a loupe; it’s bright and scintillating in the hand. It is faceted in my custom “Helena” brilliant oval design, cut to high precision. The gem weighs 1.49 carats, and measures 7.3 x 6.2 x 4.5 mm.