Hessonite (Gomed)

Hessonite (Gomed)


Hessonite

An aura that is hard to miss, the Hessonite (Gomed) is a variety from the Garnet species that has a cinnamon, golden-brown color. The gem's visual signature sets it apart that made it a favorite of the Greeks and Romans and was believed to have talismanic powers. From increasing its wearer’s happiness and lifespan, these burnt sienna sparklers also offer an influx of wealth and victory.

Color: Cinnamon notes, with a distinctive reddish brown, orange color
Finger: Worn on the middle finger of the right hand, with the gemstone touching the body
Neck: Worn as a pendant with the gemstone touching the body
Metal: Yellow gold and silver have been noted to work well with the hessonite.
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius (Western), Libra and Taurus (Vedic)

According to Vedic mythology, natural Hessonite is said to have formed out of the fingernails of the glorious demon Vala and is represented by the planet Rahu. A gem that can bring instant wealth and success, it is also an elegant gemstone in the correct setting.

A variety of grossular garnet, these gems govern the planet Rahu, a mythological planet that promotes confusion and psychological imbalance.

  • Offers clarity and freedom from confusion
  • Gives a pathway out of depression
  • Noted to bring success
  • Travellers gemstone

Easily identifiable, natural hessonite is a gem that can be spotted from a distance by a trained professional. The gem's iconic color, clarity and overall appearance, sets it apart from most other garnet or gemstone varieties. Certification offers an into whether the gemstone is natural or perhaps a stimulant available on the market.

Color: The presence of iron and manganese offer the gem its brownish, cinnamon hues. When investing in a hessonite, golden, honey colored gems with an even vitreous appearance are prized for their rarity.

Clarity: Hessonite has an internal feature called the “scotch in water effect”. This unique heat wave interior is what differentiates the gem from other varieties. Being its characteristic feature, gems must have visual beauty with a clear, transparent appearance.

Hessonite jewelry has been popular for ages. The gem's hardness that lies between 6.5 - 7.5 on the Moh’s scale of hardness makes it a fantastic gemstone for everyday pieces like rings and earrings. Durable yet stunningly attractive, these brownish golden gemstones are worn as talismans and represent the birthstone for the month of January.

Srilanka is a source of excellent, top quality natural hessonite with Africa offering a steady supply to meet global demand.

Fine quality, eye clean gems with an alluring golden brown, cinnamon hue, can fetch prices between INR 1000 to 10,000 a carat. Srilankan gems tend to demand premiums thanks to their unmatched quality, transparency and iconic color.

Caring for your Hessonite garnet is imperative. Gemstones over time tend to attract dirt and grime and need an occasion bath.

A safe way to clean your Hessonite jewelry is:

  • Place gemstone studded jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water, away from a basin
  • In the bowl scrub the piece lightly with an old, soft bristled toothbrush
  • In the bowl, rinse with clean water
  • Wipe dry

Bowl is to catch gemstones that might come out of their setting, but can be returned to the jeweler to be reset.

Do not use any harsh chemicals, light hand soap will work.

Jewelry pieces set with enamel and kundan work should never be washed or put into an ultrasonic machine.

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