Demantoid is the green variant of andradite from the family of the garnets. Demantoid is therefore a green garnet. Not to be confused with uvarovite which is the green variant of grossulite (and therefore also a green garnet). Andradite is softer than grossulite and has a higher refractive index.
Sparkling like a diamond
Demantoid was discovered in 1849 and named in 1855 by Dr Nils Gustaf Nordenskjöld, the man also responsible for naming alexandrite. The original source was in the central Urals of Russia. The name was taken from the German word diamond and refers to the brilliance, sparkle and fire (fiery flashes) of a cut demantoid. These are even greater than those of a diamond.
The demantoid was an important gemstone in Victorian jewellery. But the stone had the greatest popularity in Imperial Russia. It was very popular with the court jewellers of the Tsar at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. It was also a favourite gemstone of Russian goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé, known for his golden eggs.
Andradite comes in the colours green/olive, yellow and black. Each colour has a different name. Black andradite is called 'melanite'. Lively green andradite is called 'demantoid' and the yellow variant 'topazolite'. Andradite forms typical Hexoctahedral crystals according to the cubic system that we see in all garnets.
Stone of Love Bliss
Demantoid can help to see through the hidden truth and bring balance between different sides, even when they seem incompatible. Demantoid prevents control by negative energy. This makes it an ideal stone for lovers to increase their love happiness and create extra connection.
The demantoid comes in a magnifying glass box of 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 2 cm.