Named for the colour Mandarin this gemstone holds a special place in Catherine’s heart being her favourite childhood colour.
Ostensibly mined in Africa, Catherine often designs Mandarin Garnet side by side with Peridot, using the warmth of the gemstone in yellow colour metals. She finds the depth of colour captivating and it is a very clean gemstone with amazing clarity. It also has a great hardness making it a joy to work with at the jeweller’s bench. Mandarin Garnet is a wonderful contemporary alternative to the traditional red garnet for January’s birthstone.