Hessonite (Cinnamon Stone) - orange to dark brown-orange, and reddish-brown crystal; relatively rare. Hessonite is called the Cinnamon Stone, not only for its color, but because of the land of spices where it originated-Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka.
Hessonite (also called "cinnamon stone") is a cinnamon-brown to orange gemstone variety of grossular garnet. Hessonite's formula is Ca3Al2Si3O12; manganese that gives it its characteristic brown color. This transparent stone has a hardness of 6.5 - 7 and a specific gravity of 3.6.
Hessonite, which is also known by the name "cinnamon stone," is a brownish-orange grossular garnet that is one of the nine maharatnas (major gems), or navaratna ("divine gems"), which is connected to the Vedic astrological sign of Rahu, or "head of the dragon.
Hessonite is also called "cinnamon stone" and is the cinnamon-brown to orange gemstone variety of grossular garnet.
Howlite is a soft, white to gray mineral that takes dye very easily, and can be dyed to imitate turquoise and Lapis Lazuli very well.
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This brownish-red to orange gemstone used to be referred to as cinnamon stone. It is found in Sri Lanka and Tanzania and minor deposits lie in Brazil, Pakistan and Canada. Hessonites are typically riddled with crystal inclusions and may show a characteristic swirly effect.
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The yellow variety is called cinnamon stone, hyacinth or jacinth. Transvaal "jade" is a type of green to gray grossular garnet from South Africa. Pink grossular garnets varieties include landerite, rosolite, andXalostocite. Tsavorite is an emerald-green grossular garnet.
Other shades include cinnamon brown (cinnamon stone variety), red, and yellow. Because of its inferior hardness to zircon, which the yellow crystals resemble, they have also been called hessonite from the Greek meaning inferior.
Belongs to the grossularite garnet group. Its vivd orange brown colouring has resulted in the nickname cinnamon stone. Read more in our Gemstones & Minerals Glossary
Above is an example of Hassonite.
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