Prehnite and Chalcedony in 14k Gold filled. From l-to-r, Li in Chalcedony, Brianna in Prehnite and Allison in Chalcedony.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
GARNET, THE BIRTHSTONE OF JANUARY
Garnet is a group of ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition. The colors range from the brilliant orange of Mandarin Garnet to the grass green of Tsavorite Many garnets are chemical mixtures of two or more garnet species.The most widely recognized color of Garnet is the wine colored Pyrope Star Garnets and color change Garnets are more rare, but absolutely stunning.
Garnets have a good hardness and wonderful brilliance which makes them a good choice for all shapes in cutting and all forms of jewelry, including rings.
The red garnets include the Pyropes which have an almost winey tint, Almandines, which are a very deep red and Rhodolites which have a bit of a berry color. The Spessartite is the much more rare- and expensive - orange of the Garnet family. The earth colors include the Grossularites, which occur in a range of yellows, greens and browns and Hessonite which is found in a range of pale to dark warm brown. The greens include Tsavorite, a grass to emerald color and the more rare Demantoid, which are valued for their tremendous clarity and sparkle.
The largest Garnet ever found was in 1885, underground at West 35th Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue. It was called rhe “Subway Garnet” It is the largest perfectly formed mineral ever found in the U.S. and weighs about 10 pounds with a diameter of about 7 inches. It is in the American Museum of Natural history.