Dear customers and friends!

Todays newsletter is totally different to all previously published ones. It's about one gem, 8 gemstones with a total weight of 7.77 carat, faceted from 4 rough stones, found in 3 localities all over the world and all share the same main colour: green. Other special properties are a very high RI around 1.87 to 1.89, a density of around 3.80, they belong to the Garnet family (that btw. has 3 other green members), two of those localities have been found in the last 30 years (Erongo in Namibia in 1996 and following years [total of 4!] and Madagascar in 2009) while the other locality in the Ural mountains was found a little over 154 years ago. When my grandfather's dad, who established our family's cutting factory, was born, nobody knew about these gems. There is another small dig very high in the italian alps in the "Val Malenco" that produced lighter tinies and often heavily included examples that was known in 19th century.

What I'm talking about is none other than the King of the Garnet family:


For years I was silently collecting Demantoid roughs and kept these treasures in a little box and waited until there is enough stuff to facet a series of these beauties. Often rough Demantoids looks so decent that nobody ever would expect they hide so much beauty & brillance inside. To be honest, I didn't had a detailed plan for that (and didn't that I would caught such big baby like hemispherical piece from Russia. I do this for many different gems and always hope to find examples from most different countries to have a variety of a gemstone from many different places, colours & specialities.
 I have faceted some namibian Demantoids before, as well for me as some for a customer including a whopping 9.11 carat "Tudor's Kaleidoskop" from Erongo, Namibia. Early this year I had the great opportunity to acquire this big one from an older collection. It was found in the alluvials of the Bobrovka river south of Yekaterinburg and were brought to Germany after the collapse of the Sovietunion with the unbelievable flood of minerals russian collectors sold here to grab some western forex.

  I'm not sure how many of you are faceters and have experienced with this rare and strong saturated, highly dispersive gemstone? It behaves completely different while being cut & polished compared with all other Garnets. Some points are (definitely no fun facts!!!): a strong anisotropy of its hardness combined with a much higher cutting hardness than the Mohs scale - 7 - might indicate. Some facets are smooth, other will get lots of tiny holes even with a very fine lap. It polishes easy but need extremely long for it (it works much better on a hard copper polishing lap than on an aluminum lap that all other Garnets prefer). If you polish a scratch into it you have to fight to get it out these are usually very deep. The russian Demantoids have the wellknown "Horsetail" inclusions that are caused by Chrysotile (Asbest) and makes polishing a bit challenging. The horsetail veils always have lines that meanders from inner parts to the outer areas not really radial but have a focus showing to the middle. Very interesting is the center. It has by far the best colour only here and there a single fine needle but it is useless due to many cracks.
The facetable parts are around the pea-sized center and starts with the beginning horsetails and the colours becomes more yellowish. On the other hand you shouldn't use the parts directly under the surface because the colours turns to more yellowish with too much horsetails and often cracks from the alluvial transport.
The lines of the horsetail sometimes looks like scratches if these come to a facet, these are lines with many thin needles and didn't polish out.

Demantoid nodule
Hemispherical Demantoids from Yekaterinburg, Ural Mauntains, Russia, slightly over 7 gram

While the average lost during faceting is around 80% the result of this one shows a much bigger lost.
The hemispherical nodule weighed slightly over 7 gram / 35 cts and the result is only 5.45 cts.
I have lost 84% of the original weight (only the sawing took 8 cts.!) and achieved a yield of 16%. An average Garnet of this shape would have a yield of 25 to 35%. Considering the beautiful but useless center, some cracks and the skin-troubles I'm still very happy with 5 fine gems of one of the rarest gemstones of the world. It was a hard work during April 2022, took much more time than expected and the results are just stunning and amazing.

5 Demantoids faceted from one big nodule
"Family"-portrait of the 5 gems faceted from the hemispherical Demantoid nodule

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Not to forget there are 3 more Demantoids from Erongo, Namibia and Madagascar.
On the first look these seems to be different gemstones. The reason must be a lower chromium content. One of these is nearly IF-clarity and shows a superb dispersion. My photography skills come to its limits. In daylight their colour is much more minty than the pics are showing (means less yellow).
As usual all gems are photographed under natural daylight on a cloudy day. The Demantoids shows a significant colour shift, the green colour turns to yellow in incandescent light.
Please always use natural daylight to admire your gems and compare the colours only with this real natural light.

The prices here at this site are the best I can offer you. All gems are faceted by me (except on the three gems from my students).
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For orders or if you have any question please feel free to contact me (osirisgems@yahoo.de or uli@osirisgems.com

Yekaterinburg Demantoid
There 3 types of green Garnets: Tsavorite, Uwarowite and the most stunning Demantoid. Usually small under 1 cts.
I was able to purchase a half crystal nodule with around 15 mm diameter. The inner part has the best colour and is normally perfectly clean but often cracked. So you have to work with the outer sphere with its "horse tail" inclusion that are radial Chrysotile needles. This one got the "Tudor's Kaleidoskop" design in a high dome version to increase saturation (and also to save one or two tenths of a cts.).
Beside the horse tails this gem is totally clean.
2.15 cts.
, 7.2 x 5.9 mm

Yekaterinburg Demantoid, 2.15 cts.

Yekaterinburg Demantoid
The tiniest gems if this series in the "Ezbar Square" design. The rough needed a design with a flat crown and this design is perfect for this. The horsetails have an silky occurence and let this cutie glow and it sparkles much more than this pic make you believe.
0.28 cts.
, 3.75 x 2.45 mm

Russian Demantoid, 0.28 cts.  

Yekaterinburg Demantoid
The pentagon-version of the "Tudor's Kaleidoskop". Sparkling and with a very fresh & glowing colour. This design proves again that a harmonic and livelyful design doesn't need hundreds of facets. I have cut this pentagon on a faceting machine with parts I newly purchased from a good friend Thomas W., the faceting head is an old german version from Hamag (probably older than me).
It was amazingly easy and fast working with these basic tools with no electronic or digital toys, a real fast forword faceting with no compromises.
Why does so many faceters today work (play?) gemstones with digital & electronic toys?
definitely no need for that!
0.42 cts.
, 4.5 x 3.2 mm

Russian Demantoid, 0.42 cts.  

Yekaterinburg Demantoid
Not only I love stepped designs, these allow me to play a little with the height of a gem. A higher crown increases the visible dispersion also it intensifies the colour. I don't want to lose just a tenth of a carat in beauties like this one. Lots of horsetails in this "Lighthouse of Porporela".
1.11 cts.
, 6.6 x 5.4 x 4.6 mm

Russian Demantoid, 1.11 cts.  

Yekaterinburg Demantoid
A roundish trillion or a triangular round? Both is true as well as I love this design. It works with a high light return, has some contrast facets and charms with its harmonic completion. Whatever happens I wanted to have one of the Uralian Demantoids in this design and it was the right decision. In the pavilion a line of horsetails made some trouble (see explanation above), but it's tiny and really hard to find.
1.49 cts.
, 6.5 x 5.2 mm

Russian Demantoid, 1.49 cts.  

Erongo Demantoid
Small minty green coloured Demantoid from the Erongo region in Namibia. There is a line of iny cracks running through the gem. For the naked eye not noticeable and it shows ful reflections all over the crown. The high RI of these green Andradites flshes in unbelievable intensity. My old "Lagaro"-design.
0.39 cts.
, 4.0 x 3.3 mm

Erongo Demantoid, 0.39 cts.  

Erongo Demantoid
This one was a hard fight. The rough was a big piece with 2.5 gram and only one half had a better clarity. The result still has many internals, but hey this is a Demantoid with over one carat! WIsh I would have more roughs even with this inclusions. The "Lighthouse of Porporela" with extra steep angles gave an extra portion of colour and dispersive flashes.
1.22 cts.
, 6.7 x 5.6 x 4.8 mm

Erongo Demantoid, 1.22 cts.  

Madagascar Demantoid
This is the only one of eight Demantoids that reaches a clarity close to IF and can develop its full dispersive potential. The only one that was found in Madagascar and a with thebest minty colour in this series. Due to the big face cown it occurs a step wider than expectable for its weight.
0.71 cts.
, 5.3 x 3.6 mm

Madagascar Demantoid, 0.71 cts.  

Demantoid Addendum June 2022:

Shortly after the last newsletter with the big russian Demantoids a new source for this green Garnet found its way to me. This time from Kerman in the south of Iran. On the first view these look very similar because of the dark green colour and also the crystals structure is nearly of the same kind with a troubleful core, a slightly lighter mass around the core and a more yellowish skin that is also full of cracks. The differences are no horsetails (I know they can have it, but these don't do so), the colour is a step darker and the crystals (rombic dodecaedron) are small & flat with sizes of up to 5-8 mm while the russian are rounded and easily reaches marble sizes of 20 mm The Kerman can used as whole piece of rough while the russians have to be splited multiple times into smaller pieces. Generally for all roughs I have received and faceted together with my students the clarity on one side is good because of no foreign stuff but on the other side they show numerous tiny cracks. No problem to handle these during the faceting process: nothing broke out but a lots of tiny dots have to be polished out. So I used a special polishing with two steps me teacher told me when I began faceting. First an abrasive one to remove very smoothly all issues and a last one that gives a glossy shine but it should be used only very decently to avoid roundish rims and corners. Anyway it worked and after some dozens of Demantoids I can say it is one the more challenging gemstones and me and my students have learned how handle a problematic gemstone close to perfection. Some of the results are now available for you:

Kerman Demantoid
From Kerman Demantoids at least two reaches sizes above 1 cts. what really challenging with these small crystals. For this one I preferred the "Tudor's Kaleidoskop" that is always great also for gems with intense internal life. The colour is due to the size and the origin a bit darker but still an explicite demantoid-green.
1.25 cts.
, 5.9 x 4.9 mm

Kerman Demantoid, 1.25X cts.  

Kerman Demantoid
The #2 in size and with good colour was faceted from one of my students into a sqarish design with 4triangles instead a table, an impressive gem!
1.09 cts.
, 5.1 x 4.4 mm

Kerman Demantoid, 1.09 cts.  

Kerman Demantoid
An octagon shaped students gem that shows how the colour lightens up in the smaller Demantoids. A stepcut design with a peak instead the table.
0.72 cts.
, 4.9 x 4.3 mm

Kerman Demantoid, 0.72 cts.  

Kerman Demantoid
The floret design in dark green works also in gems with intense internal life.
0.52 cts.
, 4.6 x 3.6 mm

Kerman Demantoid, 0.52 cts.  

Kerman Demantoid
Another octagon with a frosted middle-row and 8 pseudo-table facets. Don't know why my students don't like table, just aks them.
0.41 cts.
, 4.2 x 3.9 mm

Kerman Demantoid, 0.41 cts.  

Madagascan Demantoid
One of the very few Demantoids with IF-clarity, this time from Madagascar. The colour is a fine minty green and has to be named strong for non-metamorphic Demantoid (unlike the dark green one from Russia and Kerman). The dispersion in sunlight is just superb!
0.37 cts.
, 4.4 x 2.9 mm

Madagascan Demantoid, 0.37 cts.  

Madagascan Demantoid
The smallest Demantoid so far. The rough promised a much bigger result but didn't showed all the internals so I decided for a perfect clean (IF) but very small gemstone. Perfect Madagascar colour & superb dispersion.
0.23 cts.
, 3.9 x 2.3 mm

Madagascan Demantoid, 0.23 cts.  

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