Demantoid garnet buying guide - 0.73 ct Russian Demantoid and diamond ringDemantoid garnet buying guide - 0.73 ct Russian Demantoid and diamond ring

Demantoid Garnet Buying Guide

Stunning green hues and a brilliance that outshines diamond combine to make demantoids truly captivating. Read more in our demantoid garnet buying guide.

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Although named demantoid, or “diamond-like,” these garnets actually exceed diamonds in both brilliance and dispersion. Their horsetail inclusions are a delight to collectors, too.

Before you go demantoid garnet buying, learn about the quality factors that impact cost and find out what makes this variety of the January birthstone unique.

Demantoid Garnet Buying and the Four Cs

The IGS garnet value listing has price guidelines for demantoid garnet. Learn to identify the different species of garnet.


Demantoid is the green variety of andradite garnet, with colors ranging from deep forest greens to light, nearly colorless hues. For this variety, the connoisseur’s most important consideration is the trade-off between depth of color and visible brilliance.

While demantoid has a higher dispersion than diamond, darker tones may obscure this effect. Still, medium-dark tones hold the highest value, where the green color is strongest. For those who prefer greater dispersion, a slightly lighter gem will sparkle strongly without much loss of color.

Yellow secondary hues are often present and detract from the gem’s price. Gems with low saturation will appear more brown.


Although high clarity is always desirable, some connoisseurs and mineral enthusiasts will delight in the horsetails…

Addison Rice

A geologist, environmental engineer and Caltech graduate, Addison’s interest in the mesmerizing and beautiful results of earth’s geological processes began in her elementary school’s environmental club. When she isn’t writing about gems and minerals, Addison spends winters studying ancient climates in Iceland and summers hiking the Colorado Rockies.

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