All about Garnets


Gemsations Sterling Silver and Garnet Ring
Gemsations Sterling Silver and Garnet Ring

What colors do Garnets come in? Garnets are usually considered a deep red stone, but in reality, Garnets come in a wide range of colors and types. In fact, Garnets are available in every color except blue.

What are the types of Garnet? Six different types of Garnets are used as gemstones. Pyrope Garnets are the most famous. They are blood red and usually flawless. Almandine Garnets are the most common. These are very dark, nearly black, but the popular cut allows more light through and makes the stone appear brighter. Spessartine Garnets are usually orange, and are less common. Grossular Garnets have the widest variety of colors. They are naturally colorless, but various mineral inclusions add vibrant colors. (The gemstone Tsavorite is the green form of a Grossular Garnet.) Andradite Garnets are the most lusterous, and offer more fire than a Diamond. Uvarovite Garnets are emerald green and are the rarest form. They only occur in small crystals and are rarely used in jewelry.

Where do Garnets come from? Garnets are found in many countries all over the world.

What are the metaphysical properties of Garnet? Garnets are said to increase health, imagination, and fidelity. They are the January birthstone, and the 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary stones.

How do I clean and care for Garnets? Clean Garnets with a soft, dry cloth. Protect from scratches, blows, chemicals, and extreme temperatures.

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