Description: Hessonite is a variety of Grossularite (or grossular), it’s part of the garnet, the calcium aluminium silicate. while most varieties of grossularite are green, the Hessonite is known for its unique characteristic to be honey-yellow to brown-red “cinnamon” like colour, even if in some case it can be other colors. But the Hessonite got the nickname of “Cinnamon Stone” or even as the “Kaneel Stone” both nickname come from it’s distinctive colour.
Characteristic: Hessonite is easily distinguished from the rest of the garnet family, due to it’s unique colour and the presence of manganese. The Hessonite has another particularity to have a low specific gravity compared to the rest of the garnet types. The magnification often help identify and distinguish hessonite from other similar colored gemstones. Like other garnets, hessonite has a distinct cubic crystal structure. The rhombic dodecahedral faces, which appear like twelve-sided dice,
Cut and Shapes: Hessonite garnet is typically faceted to enhance color. If not properly cut, the color can appear too dark and decrease the value of the stone. Oval and cushion shaped stones are most common, followed by round, pear and emerald (octagon) shaped stones.
Power: Hessonite is referred to as ‘gomedhaka’ in Sanskrit, and in ancient mythology, hessonite is believed to be the fingernails of Vala, an Indian God. It is one of the nine planetary gemstones in Vedic astrology. Hessonite is associated with Rahu, the moon’s ascending node, and it is believed that wearing hessonite (2 carats or larger), will bring success, good fortune and longevity.
Garnet is a traveler’s stone, in fact, many courageous discoverers and adventurers were known to wear garnet stones for protection. These gemstones were also considered to be powerful talismans, capable of illuminating the night and dispelling evil spirits. Garnet has often been used to lift depression and to rid people of bad dreams. Physically, garnets are said to help alleviate arthritis, varicose veins, backache, liver disorders and help prevent bleeding. Furthermore, garnet is said encourage romance, love and passion.
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