This gorgeous imperial garnet is a beautiful peach-pink color–a very uncommon color in garnets. The color does shift with the lighting–under incandescent light it appears more pink while under fluorescent light the orangey component is enhanced, making the peach tones dominate. Overall the color is very reminiscent of a Padparadscha sapphire–a gorgeous mix of orange and pink hues. It comes from a recent find outside Mahenge, Tanzania. These garnets are in very limited and diminishing supply and the prices for the rough have increased dramatically in recent months. Its a true rarity for the collector of fine gems!
The garnet has some natural inclusions of very fine rutile needles, which is typical for this type of garnet. The rutile needles are not visible without a loupe, although when viewed with a loupe they appear as beautiful little iridescent spikes of color. The gem shows some dispersion, flashing pale blue and orange on the pink body color. I faceted it in my modified version of the classic diamond round cut to highlight the brilliance of the stone. The gem weighs 3.08 carats, and measures 8.35 x 5.95 mm.