In the large family of Garnets, spessartite is part of the manganese pole. Its name comes from that of the locality where it was first discovered in 1832: Spessart in Bavaria, Germany.

It is also called Mandarin Garnet because of the orange color of the mandarin, and also Fanta Garnet, due to the bright orange color of the famous soft drink. The color of Spessartite ranges from orange-red to bright orange, including yellow-orange and brown-orange.

The most coveted color is frank and intense orange. The orange color is caused by manganese. It sooths the heart by the freshness of its color.