Hessonite, also known as "cinnamon stone," is a variety of the mineral grossularite and is a member of the garnet family. The gemstone is known for its warm, reddis-brown color, which is caused by the presence of manganese and iron.
The name "Hessonite" comes from the Greek word "hessos," which means "inferior," possibly in reference to the gemstone's lower value compared to other garnets. However, in recent years, the gemstone has gained popularity and is now highly valued for its unique color and durability.
Hessonite has a long history of use in jewelry, with examples dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. The gemstone was also highly prized in medieval Europe and was used in the crown jewels of several European countries.
The primary deposits of Hessonite are found in Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Africa. The gemstone is also found in smaller deposits in India, Canada, and the United States.
The price of Hessonite per carat can vary depending on factors such as the quality, size, and origin of the stone. In general, prices for Hessonite can range from around $5 to $15 per carat for lower quality stones. However, some exceptional quality Hessonite stones can cost significantly more, reaching up to $500 or more per carat.
Hessonite is typically not treated or enhanced in any way, making it a natural and untreated gemstone.