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The Garnet is the Birthstone
for January. The word "Garnet" refers to a group of
differently colored minerals and it was derived from the word
"grain" as its crystals can be mildly to quite rounded
in shape. Garnets run in color from dark green to yellow, to gold
to orange, and into various shades of red. Here's a list of the
more comon Garnets:
- Pyrope Garnet - Red with a brown tint, sometimes mistakenly
called a "cape ruby"
- Almandine Garnet - Red with a violent tint, which can
often be confused with the Pyrope
- Spessartite Garnet - Range from Orange to Red-Brown,
named for Spessartite, Germany
- Grossular Garnets - Green, Yellow or Copper-Brown,
- Hessonite Garnets - Brown-orange and found in Sri Lanka
- Hydrogrossular Garnets- Opaque or Green, sometimes called
"Transvaal Jade" because of its similarity to
- Demantoid Garnets - Emerald Green in color, and considered
the most valuable garnet, includes:
- Melanite Garnets - Black, once used in mourning jewelry
- Topazolite Garnets- Lemon Yellow, which are usually
very small in size and found in the Alps
- Uvarovite Garnets - Emerald Green, named after a Russian
Of all the Garnets the Pyrope, Almandine, Spessartite and
the green Grossular and Demantoid Garnets are most widely used
today in popular jewelry making.
Here are some other interesting facts and websites to check
out for Garnet Lovers:
We hope you have enjoyed our information and our trip around
the Internet exploring the spiritual, magical, practical and beautiful
world of Garnets!