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Garnets come in a variety of colors!
Were you born in January? Do you like deep raspberry reds? Maybe firy red oranges? Bright, lively Greens? If so, Garnets are definitely the stone for you! To learn more, read below. Fun Facts: As you can see Garnet is the birthstone for January, but did you know that it is also the gem representative for 2nd anniversaries? A red garnet bead necklace was found in a grave in Egypt; it is at least 5,000 years old. Faberge created designs especially for demantoid garnet- a type of green garnet. Tsavorite Garnet was named based on where it was discovered in Tanzania by Henry Platt; a fairly new discovery (1967/1970 approx). Localities: Prominant producers include: Brazil, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Iran, Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, and Russia. Moh's: 6.5-7.5 depending on type and chemistry Color(s): Color depends on what variety of Garnet you have and its chemical composition. Pyrope and Almandine range from purple to orangy-red. Spessartine is a variety of orange colors and Andradite is yellow to green. Grossular has a wide color range from colorless to yellow to reddish-orange and orange dominanted red to a bright vibrant green. Shape: Garnets- especially reds- are cut into standard sizes so they can easily be used in jewelry. Tsavorite is a more expensive type and can be found in shapes and styles that save weight (and may need to have a special setting made to accomodate the shape). Size: The gems can be found in a variety of sizes, but like color and shape, this may depend on the type of Garnet you choose. For example, Almandine Garnet is fairly common in larger sizes; the price therefore does not dramatically increase the larger the stone. However, because Demantoid and Tsavorite are difficult to find in larger sizes, the larger the gemstone, the higher the price tag. Clarity: This is also dependent on the type of Garnet. Almandine, Pyrope, and Rhodolite are usually eye-clean, but some of the orange garnets like Spessartine and Hessonite usually have eye-visible inclusions. While Demantoid Garnet (green) has beautiful, whispy horsetail inclusions (that when eye-visible can actually raise its value). Treatments:Garnets are not commonly treated.