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Garnet Explained

Garnet is January's Birthstone!

Garnet Specification

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Garnet History

Garnet is the January birthstone and has long been known in the jewelry trade. When most people think of garnets they think of brownish red to red stones, but garnets actually come in every color of the rainbow. Garnet is a group of minerals that is made up of six species: pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, andradite, and uvarovite. All garnets crystallize in the cubic system, but the chemical compositions vary. To complicate things even further some of the garnet varieties are made up of multiple garnet series, for example, the pyrolusite garnets are made up of pyrope, almandine, and spessartine. There are more than 20 varieties of garnet.

Rhodolite Garnet is a good-looking gemstone. As a beautiful, intense, raspberry red color with a great Brilliance in life. The word rotolight is derived from the Greek word Road on meaning rose-colored. Rhodolite Garnet as a superior gem to the dark red garnets and is therefore more valuable. It is not a specific garnet subgroup and itself, but it describes Garnett’s with a rose or pink color. The first of the deposits were found in North Carolina in the USA in the late 1890s. Rhodolite Garnet composition is a mix of pyrope and Alma Dean garnets, approximately two parts pyrope and one part I’ll demean.

Spessartite garnets possess two properties that make it easy to spot, the Fanta orange color and exceptional brilliance. While there are several orange and orange-red gemstones, they don’t have the life of a spessartite garnet. Spessartite garnet is a relative newcomer to the jewelry seen appearing only after 1991. It is an ideochromatic Stone, the chemical that gives it the red-orange color manganese, is part of its chemical composition. The red color is the result of the presence of iron. The pure orange and red-orange material from Namibia are the most valuable. Clean, transparent spessartite Garnet is rare and frequently has inclusions.

Garnet Characteristics

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Garnet Variations

Lots of different kinds of Garnet

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