Gemstone: Garnet – Pomegranate Red

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 NAME

The name Garnet is derived from the Latin name Granatum, a pomegranate.

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Garnet is available in a veritable plethora of colours: such as yellow, orange, peach, green, red, purple, blue, brown and pink. The most common colour is red and the rarest is blue.

The colour of garnet is the most important quality factor.

 

BIRTHSTONES

Modern Birthstone – January

Star Sign – Aquarius

Anniversary – 2nd

 

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Garnet is found all over the world. Different types of garnet occur in different locations.

Garnet is found in metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. Most garnet near the Earths surface forms when a sedimentary rock with a high aluminium content, is subjected to heat and pressure intense enough to produce schist or gneiss.

 

 HARDNESS

The Mohs Scale of Hardness measures a substance’s hardness. Garnet measures a 6.5 – 7.5 on the Mohs Scale which means a diamond is harder than garnet.

 

FASCINATING FACTS

Garnet is a stone of regeneration and energizing.

garnet_2A garnet cabochon set into an exquisite flower brooch from the estate of Jackie Kennedy Onassis reached over $100,000 in an auction!!

Garnet can boost the energy of an entire system and revitalise it.

It is said to be stabilising in that it can bring order to chaos whether internal or external.

Buy coloured gemstones by size and not by carat weight. Coloured stones vary in size to weight ratio. Some stones are larger and others are smaller than diamonds by weight in comparison.

 

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