Origin of hessonite
< Greek hēsson- (stem of hḗssōn) less, inferior + -ite1
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Certain stones, notably the peridot (or chrysolite) and the hessonite (or cinnamon stone), have an oily luster.
Brown garnet (hessonite or cinnamon stone), sometimes wrongly called hyacinth in the trade, is of a deep reddish-brown color.
The hessonite garnets are frequently brownish red and are sometimes called "cinnamon stones."
Hessonite garnet furnishes yellowish-red and brownish-red stones, which are sometimes also called "cinnamon stones."
Hessonite garnet, the cinnamon stone or "hyacinth" (incorrect) of the trade, comes mainly from Ceylon.
- an orange-brown variety of grossularite garnetAlso called: essonite, cinnamon stone
C19: from French, from Greek hēssōn less, inferior + -ite 1; so called because it is less hard than genuine hyacinth
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Word Origin and History for hessonite
1820, from French essonit (1817), from Greek heson "less" + -ite (2). So called because it is lighter than similar minerals.
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