GARNET is the birthstone for the month of January. Demantoid garnet is one of the most brilliant gemstones that exist, yet until recently it was little known except among collectors and gemstone lovers. The name comes from Dutch meaning 'diamond-like, in reference to its incomparable brilliance and fire. Demantoid by definition is always green, but the exact shade ranges from a very strong yellowish green to nearly the color of a fine emerald. Many stones have a brownish cast. Stones with more intense green coloration are more highly valued, but lighter stones display substantially more fire. The choice of stone color or fire can therefore be a matter of personal preference, with some preferring the less valuable but more lively yellowish-green stones. Russian demantoid nearly always contains asbestos-type inclusions of chrysotile. These golden threads inclusions tend to curve and resemble the tail of a horse, and are therefore referred to as "horsetail" inclusions. Unlike most inclusions which reduce the value of a gemstone, horsetail inclusions can substantially increase the value of a stone. Namibian demantoid does not contain horsetail inclusions (although there are contradictory reports on this issue). Demantoid Garnet is the most expensive of all garnets.
NOTE: Stones on this page were photographed under 5000 Kelvin "daylight" lighting.
For maximum color accuracy, descriptions were made in north-facing natural daylight,
indoors, between 11am-2pm, at 32.89°N latitude.
COLOR: Wherever possible, a similar Pantone Color Card number has been used, NOT the Pantone colors online,
which necessarily use RGB approximations, are grayer, and not at all the same.
Since color is so subjective to lighting conditions, and light is in turn subjective to location,
descriptions and pictures are intended to give a general idea of actual color.
To know what these stones really look like, there is no substitute for seeing them in person.
Weight: 3.96 cts (Total weight)
Measurements: 8.2 x 6.2 mm.
Price: $ 6730.00
Order/Stock No.: demantoid-105
Very big and rare pair of ovals.The color is a beautiful medium deep green, much deeper and nicer than the above image. Clean gems full of fire and sparkle! Cut by Andrew Gulij.
Weight: 1.70 cts
Measurements: 8 x 6 mm.
Price: $ 498.00
Order/Stock No.: demantoid-103
Lots of fire. The color is very nice and more green than the image. There is an inclusion in the center of the stone. With naked eye faces very nice.