By now most people know that sapphires come in lots of other colors besides blue but did you know
that garnets come is a vast variety of colors as well?
Garnet is actually the name for a group of minerals with common
crystal structure and similar chemical composition. The garnet family may be broken down
into these main groups - almandine, andradite, grossularite, pyrope, rhodolite and
spessartite. With in some of these groups, the
color of the stone may be better identified by country of origin. This is true of the pyrope garnet referred to as
cape rubies or Mozambique garnets. These
garnets are the color one would traditionally think of when you think of a garnet -
glowing deep red with hints of orange or brown. Almandine
garnet is red in color with a hint of Violet. Andradite,
also called Demantoid are green in color that closely matches that of emeralds. Rhodolite garnet has vibrant pink undertones of
rose and plum - resulting in pinkish to purplish stones. The shade of pink, touched with
crimson is often referred to as raspberry.
Spessartite garnet is a rich spice hued orange with hints of
red or brown undertones in color. The spessartite garnet that are a bright clean orange
(like orange soda pop) are called Mandarin garnet.
In the grossularite form of garnet, Tsavorite was discovered
near the Tsavo National Park in the Northwestern part of Tanzania. This garnet ranges in color from light green to
medium dark kelly green - bright and clean, as crisp as lime jello.
Cut stones over two
carats are rare. Other grossularite garnets
can be yellow in varying hues and intensity of color to coppery brown.
Garnets receive a 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale and
are rated good for every day wear. To clean, you can wash in warm soapy water
which is always safe and it is usually safe in an ultrasonic. We can clean them for you,
our pleasure, and there is never a charge to clean and check your jewelry at Laneys.
Never steam garnets as they dont like the heat change.
Garnets powers are believed to include healing, strength,
and protection. It is believed that the wearer
was protected from injuries in battle. It is
also believed to regulate the heart and blood flow and aid in curing depression. Garnets
are considered the gem of faith and truth.
Officially garnet is the birthstone for those born in the month
of January and known as the appropriate wedding gift for second and sixth wedding
anniversaries. While in some of the more
special rarer colors prices climb, garnets in general are an affordable gemstone adding to
its allure and making this gem readily available to self purchasers and smaller gift
At Laneys, we have a variety of beautiful garnet jewelry
just waiting for you. We have garnets in varieties of colors and set in white and yellow
gold and with and without diamond for range in appeal and price. We also can custom make
something especially for you in any color you choose.
Garnets also an excellent choice for mens rings due to the stones
relatively sturdy nature. Visit Laneys
and let us share our knowledge of these beautiful gems!
You may find a new friend you just cant resist!
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