Gomed Stone Identification

Hessonite garnet or gomed stone mainly comes from Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar (Burma), and Madagascar. These countries are commercial producers, while Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Kenya are other parts of the world where this Ratna is mined. It belongs to the grossularite garnet group. Garnet comes in wide varieties, from its chemical composition to its color.

Physical properties/chemical composition

The chemical composition of gomed is calcium aluminum silicate (CA3 AI2), and its hardness is 7 on the Mohs scale. The specific gravity (S.G.) ranges between 3.40 and 3.78, and the refractive index (R.I.) lies between 1.73 to 1.76.

Synthetic,Duplicates and Copy

Synthetic hessonite garnet, spessartite, Malaya garnet, yellow beryl, natural zircon, topaz, synthetic glass, etc.


You get the benefits of wearing gomed only when you wear a real gemstone. Here are some ways to identify it as real.

1. Color Test

If the colors of gems are observed very carefully, then in some cases one can differentiate between real and fake.

Like people have difficulty distinguishing between Ruby and Gomed. But if you want to differentiate between a ruby and a gomed stone, closely observe them and look for colors. If you are getting an orangish or earthy tone from this, this is gomed. In that case, Ruby has a brilliant red hue with secondary shades of blue or purple.

2. Impurities Test

Gomed is generally found dull and does not have the same transparency as zircon or any other gemstone. We can distinguish natural gomed by looking at their clarity.

3. Reflection Test

One can clearly distinguish between a real one and a fake one by seeing their reflections. Place this near your eyes and closely observe; look inside with light coming from a remote source. It will probably be real if the light is reflected inside the stone. Also, look through the axis of the stone in some way; you’ll see a rainbow pattern inside if it’s natural. If you do not see any reflection, then this is a fake one.

4. Boil Test

Put your stone in boiling water. If they have no effect on boiling water, they are the real ones. Natural Ratna is challenging and very unlikely to be destroyed by heating. The fake stone will melt down quickly.

5. Magnification

heat wave effect, transparent rounded crystals, fluid inclusions, etc.

Interesting fact

Distinct Hessonite garnets with varied chemical compositions may have different magnetic susceptibilities. Consider the spessartine and tsavorite garnets, which are the most and least magnetic.



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