Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rock Trivia: Garnet


  The name “garnet” comes from the Latin word “Garanatus,” meaning “seedlike,” because small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate.
Garnet is actually a group name for the silicate miner...als almandine, pyrope, spessartine, grossular, andradite, mozambique and uvarovite, so the garnet is a far more diverse gem than its name suggests. All of these garnet minerals share similar cubic crystal structure and chemical composition. Gem quality garnet occurs in many countries, and beautifully formed crystals have been prized for over 5000 years.
 

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