Rare green natural demantoid garnet ring mounted in 10K white gold with white zircon accent stones. Demantoid is one of the rarer garnets and the perfect birthstone choice for people born in January who do not like traditional red garnets or want something different in garnets. This will make a lovely non-traditional engagement ring or right hand ring. The demantoid measures 5 mm in diameter. The ring is approximately .50 inches in diameter. It is currently a size 5 but can be resized up or down 2 sizes. Ask me about resizing.
Garnet has been a popular gemstone for centuries due to its very good hardness (7-7.5 on the Mohs scale) and great brilliance. Garnet also has a distinctive purity of color since it is one of the very few singly refractive gemstones (along with spinel and diamond). While most garnets have been known since ancient times, demantoid garnet was not discovered until 1853, in the Ural mountains in Russia. The Russian deposits remained the only source for demantoid until a major find in Namibia and Madagascar. Distinctive 'horsetail' inclusions are the telltale sign of Russian demantoid, since these inclusions are not found thus far in the Namibian material. Russian demantoid nearly always contains inclusions of byssolite and/or chrysotile, both of which are types of asbestos. These inclusions are feathery golden threads that tend to curve and resemble the tail of a horse.
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