Ratnapura Hessonite Garnet

Mined in Sri Lanka, this gem is a rare burnt orange member of the garnet family. With a huge demand in India, this stone is rare a find on the U.S. market.

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Hessonite is a variety of grossular, a member of the garnet family. Its orange-brown coloring has earned it the nickname "cinnamon stone." The preferred color for a hessonite garnet is a burnt orange with brown or yellow shimmering undertones. The Ratnapura hessonite garnet gets its astonishing color from trace amounts of iron and manganese.

Hessonite belongs to the nine planetary gemstones in the Vedic tradition of India. Known in Sanskrit as "Gomeda," it is the stone associated with Rahu, the moon's soaring node. Wearing hessonite jewelry is believed to increase your happiness and lifespan. Hessonite is challenging to locate in the U.S. market because of its overwhelming popularity in India.



• The garnet family has a long history that dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. In the Bible, Noah used a lamp from garnet to guide his Ark through the darkness of night. The garnet was a symbol of one of the first 12 tribes of Israel.

• Ancient explorers and travelers wore garnets as an amulet to inspire success in commerce and ensure safe journeys.

• Tribes in Asia and the American Southwest used to make bullets from garnets, thinking that they caused greater wounds that took longer to heal and cut through the skin better. These bullets were used up until the 19th Century.

• In medieval times, people used garnets to ease depression, ward off bad dreams and alleviate ailments of the liver. Garnet was also believed to soothe arthritis.

• Garnet symbolizes purity, truth, love and compassion.

• Ratnapura hessonite garnet is known as a stone of affection, innovation and restoration.



Location: Sri Lanka

Hessonite garnet is mined in many locations throughout the world, but the best quality stones still come from its traditional source in Sri Lanka. These gems were pulled from the Ratnapura mines of Sri Lanka. The finest well-cut and flawless stones are hand-picked, which requires patience, time and proficiency.

Hessonite garnet mine from Ratnapura.


  • Ranks 7 on the Mohs hardness scale.
  • Colors spans from honey-yellow to orange-brown to brown-red.
  • Sourced from Sri Lanka.
  • Member of the grossular garnet family.
  • Birthstone for January and the Zodiac sign of Aquarius.
  • Garnet Jewelry is a Traditional gift for second anniversaries.
  • Hessonite garnet undergoes no additional treatment.