Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ROCK TRIVIA: GARNET
Garnet is a group of ten different gemstones of similar chemical composition. Red is the color we usually associate with Garnet, but the stone is also found in shades of green, yellow, orange and some earth-colors. The only color you cannot find is blue. 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 text is mine and the photo is from the Diamond Jewelry Pedia


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