Orange garnet spessartite
Spessartine is a type of garnet that is much less common than others. It is named after its find in the Spessart Mountains in northwestern Bavaria, Germany. It was first described in 1832. The size of the crystals of the gem grade mineral is insignificant, and faceted specimens weighing more than 5 carats are considered rare. Good quality spessartines are much higher than red garnets.