Grossular Faceting / Facet Garnet Information
Color: Green yellow, copper, brown
Moh’s Hardness: 7.5
Refractive Index: 1.73-1.75
Critical Angle: 35.31°
Specific Gravity: 3.60-3.68
Heat Sensitivity: Moderate
Birefringence (double refraction): 0.027
Crystal Structure: Isometric, rhombic, dodecahedron, icositetrahedron
Tsavorite Garnet – Green – vanadium is the green colorant. It is usually only available in small sizes and care must be taken when cutting because it tends to cut dark stones. I usually cut checker boards and opposed bars in larger rough.
Treatments: Generally none
What I prefer to polishing with: Alumina oxide with a tin lap (scored).
Jeff’s Comments: This is some of my personal favorite material to cut, Mail Garnets in particular. Most Garnets cut and polish pretty easily (with the exception of a piece with bubbles/flaws) and a re really not much of a problem. Pre-polish with a 1200 steel (not Nu Bond, it will leave orange peel) and polish with tin lap.
Design Notes: I prefer these in deep brilliant designs, the sparkle is diamond like.