Spessartite garnet can run the gamut from "ho hum" to "holy moly!" This massive piece is definitely the latter variety. From Nigeria, this one has that intense orange color that is so highly sought after. Unfortunately, it also has a large feather that extends about half-way across the stone. It does not present a durability issue, but as it is a large inclusion, the price has been dramatically reduced to reflect that. However, as you can see in the video, the lucky orientation of the feather (aligned radially from center to outside) causes it to blend in quite well! So while I've graded it as moderately included, it faces up as a cleaner stone IMO. At over 10 mm in diameter, this is an opportunity to purchase a statement piece of spessartite for substantially less than what it would cost if completely clean.
4.97 ct. Spessartite Garnet
Gem ID: GAR686 Origin: Nigeria Weight: 4.97 ct. Size: 10.09 x 10.09 mm Clarity*: MI Treatments: None