Thursday, December 18, 2014

ROCK TRIVIA: GARNETS
Garnets are actually a group of more than ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition.A burgundy color is the most common, but garnets are also found in shades of green, yellow, orange and warm browns. There are even star garnets and color change garnets which look very different depending on whether they are seen in daylight or artificial light.
Garnets have been used and valued for thousands of years.The lantern Noah used to help him steer steer the ark is said to be made from Garnet. Garnets were used in jewelry by early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.Garnets were popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster.
Pictured is an Antique Garnet Hairpin from the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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      Garnets are actually a group of more than ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition.A burgundy color is the most common, but  garnets are also found in shades of green, yellow,  orange and warm browns. There are even star garnets and color change garnets which look very different depending on whether they are seen in daylight or artificial light.
      Garnets have been used and valued for thousands of years.The lantern Noah used to help him steer steer the ark is said to be made from Garnet. Garnets were used in jewelry by early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.Garnets were  popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster. 
      Pictured is an Antique Garnet Hairpin from the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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