Finger nails of the great demon Vala were transformed into seeds of Karketana or hessonite gems, which are the rarest of the planetary jewels. Winds blew these hessonite seeds into the lotus ponds of Sri Lanka, India, and Burma.
The ideal color for hessonite is an intense orange hue appearing like a mixture of honey, blood and moonlight with a brilliant copper-colored sparkle.
Hessonites which are flawed, lack luster, or white or bluish in color are considered inferior and inauspicious. Hessonites of poor quality are common, while fine peaces are so rare that the ancients considered them the most blessed of all gems in the world.
A pure hessonite sparkling with internal fire and set in a golden ornament is the ultimate talisman, capable of increasing the life span, the progeny, and the happiness of its owner. It can also remover evil thoughts and motives from the owner's mind. Any man possessing such a praiseworthy hessonite, even if only for ornamental purposes would surely become wealthy and famous in this lifetime.
Other gems which appear similar to hessonite, such as orange zircon, can be separated by their differences of refractive index, specific gravity, and other gemological characteristics.
The market value of fine quality hessonite should be determined by a gem expert with special emphasis given to size, quality and origin. --- Sri Garuda Puranam: Chap. 75