Colour: various – listed below
Found in: worldwide
A variety of garnet mineral normally characterized by a green colour.
The orange to orange-brown colour is called hessonite (essonite).
The green colour is known as grossularite (green gooseberry) or gooseberry stone.
Massive variety of grossularite is named as hydrogrossularite.
The other green colour variety is tsavorite (also spelled tsavolite) from East Africa.
The golden-yellow is called cinnamon stone.
The pink or purple colours are known as landerite, rosolite, and xalostocite.
Succinite is an amber-coloured
The reddish-brown variety misnomerly called hyacinth.
The reddish-orange variety is erroneously named jacinth.
The massive pale green variety of grossular from Transvaal, South Africa is known incorrectly as Transvaal jade or African jade.
Some grossular have inclusions, show oil streaks and sometimes are called treacle.
This stone enhances energy, prosperity and career success. Grossularite enhances relationships of all kinds. It facilitates listening and improved communications. For relationships that are long distance or those which may experience frequent separation, this garnet will enhance a durable sense of togetherness and connection.
Chakra: Brings together the energy of the heart chakra with the energies of the higher universal love chakra, making this a powerful love and heart healing stone.
Other notable varieties are:
African Jade - misleading name for Green Grossular Garnet
Green Grossularite: Makes communication with others simple.
Grey and/or black Grossularite: Enables one to face life-threatening events head on in a calm manner.
Yellow Grossularite: Eases communication, bringing about relaxation – good for those in the media or in the theatre.
REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Brightman R, Kyneton T, (1995): A new variety of grossular garnet with extended gemological constraints. Australian Gemology, Volume 19, Number 1, January-March 1995
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