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Untreated African Red Garnet 12.88

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12.88 Carat
Bordeaux Red
Medium Dark 80
Very Lightly Included





- Identification: Natural Unheated & Untreated Pyrope-Almandine-Grossular Garnet

- Carat: 12.88

- Shape: Cushion

- Measures: 14.63x13.08x8.57 (millimeter)

- Color Grade: Good

- Tone: Medium Dark 80

- Color Zoning: None

- Clarity: Very Lightly Included

- Cutting Grade: Very Good

o       Brilliancy: 50%

o       Depth: 65%

- Origin: Madagascar

- Treatment: None


Certificate No: DSEF 080474


Overall Grade: Very Good

Comment: Massive Bordeaux red all-type-garnet, very much reminding me of some gems we found in our original Sri Lankan mines. Yet, this twelve-carats comes from Madagascar which reconfirms that Africa and India were joined neighbors on the supercontinent Godwana, hundreds of million years ago, when these garnets were formed far under the earths' crust, populated with Dinosaurs but not yet humans. Such red garnets are nearly always mixtures of different garnet sub-varieties, like pyrope, almandine or grossular. The relative strength of each variety determines the look of every individual garnet. In this specific gem, and the next one coming up, no variety was dominant, hence we cannot call it Almandine or Pyrope but must use the general term 'red garnet'. At MD80 obviously on the dark side, but it always has a fresh red sparkle for you, even in low light. No visible inclusions, under the lens only: note the comet-like needles reaching the surface in our close-up images below. Great value in all that is untreated, big, and red. The hue is pretty much exactly that of the famous red wine the color was named after, in the appropriately wide and deep tumbler, freshly filled. DSEF report, free shipping, a piece of rainforest protected and all Wild Fish guarantees and perks included in $250/ct. Garnet is relatively heavy, so even almost thirteen carats can be worn in a full sized ring, gent's or ladies'. Good choice for a massive red gem within a budget. 

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