The demantoid garnet is a glorious green garnet whose fiery dazzles the eye. Demantoid in Dutch means ‘diamond-like’, a direct reference to the outstanding brilliance of this gem and its fire of rainbow colours which seems to continue to glow even in the shadow.
The demantoid garnet’s earliest history can be traced intimately to Russia. It was first discovered in the Ural Mountains in 1858, its exquisite brilliance instantly captivating the Russian royal family, its beauty unparalleled by luxury collections in other realms.
Russian mining of the demantoid garnet was suspended in 1917 due to the Bolshevik Revolution.
With knowledge of the mining source lost for more than 70 years, the demantoid garnet came to be known as the Phantom Gemstone.
Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, mining activities resumed when the location of the Ural mines were uncovered. It was not so long ago that demantoid garnets were first transacted on the international gem market.
To this day, the Ural region still lays claim to being the sole producer of the most superior of these gemstones.
Distinctive ‘horsetail’ inclusions in the form of feathery threads that tend to curve and resemble the tail of a horse are commonly found in demantoid garnets. Although inclusions are known to affect a gem’s beauty and its value, it is not the case for the demantoid garnet, with its fiery brilliance. What’s more, this Horsetail Inclusion has a keen following among European royalty, where the horse is a favoured lucky charm.
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