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Garnet

Garnet

Garnets are regarded as a symbol of everlasting friendship, faith, truth and protection.

Name

Rhodolite Ring

Rhodolite & Diamond 10K Yellow Gold Ring

Due to some Garnets resemblance to pomegranate seeds, the name for this gem is derived from the Latin ‘granatus’, meaning grain or seed.

History

In ancient Greece, pomegranates were an important symbol in Hades' mythological abduction of Persephone and as so much of their ancient jewellery has been discovered was set with red Garnets. Used in adornment for over 5,000 years, red Garnets were very popular in ancient Egypt in around 3100 BC, being used as beads in necklaces as well as inlaid jewellery. In the 19th century Garnet jewellery from Bohemia, todays Czech Republic, were very popular.

Composition

A group of minerals possessing similar crystal structures, Garnets vary in composition, giving each type different colours and properties. As 'self coloured' gemstones Garnets like to mix and match in nature.

Properties

Mozambique Garnet Ring

Mozambique Garnet & Diamond 10K Yellow Gold Ring

As much as Garents are available in the 'classic' reds, they also come in an array of other colours including chocolates, greens, oranges, pinks, purples and yellows. Blue had never been seen in Garnets before the discovery of certain colour change varieties from Bekily in southern Madagascar in the late 90s.

Source

The main sources for Garnet include India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Mozambique Garnet

Mozambique Garnet
Mozambique Garnets are actually pure Almandine (Almandite) or an Almandine and Pyrope blend, similar to Rhodolite Garnet. A darker red colour than Rhodolite, sometimes with hints of chocolate, Mozambique Garnet is named after the east African country they come from. Mozambique Garnet is wonderfully affordable, possessing the warm 'classic' red colours typical of the Garnets of antiquity. Similar to the Bohemian Garnets of the 19th century, Mozambique Garnet often looks like dark Ruby to the untrained eye.

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