Among the major families of stones used in jewelry, the Garnet stone is probably one of the most recognized. Due to the large number of elements that constitute it, Garnet is a fine stone that has a very wide range of colors. It is undoubtedly one of the most used gemstones in the world of jewelry. Through this guide, we reveal all the secrets of Garnet and more specifically the so-called “pyrope” Garnet that we offer in our catalog.
Before going into more detail, let’s first go back to its history and origins.
The history of Garnet stone
Used in jewelry for thousands of years, Garnet was considered by the greatest civilizations of our history as one of the most precious gems there is. Also, Read – Blue Sapphire Stone Price Benefits, & Zodiac Sign
We also find this stone set on many necklaces of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and as a seal to mark important documents among the Romans.
The name Garnet comes from the Latin granum which means “pomegranate” inspired by the burgundy red color of this fruit and from the Greek purpose since Garnet was then compared to the eyes of fire.
Did you know?
Demantoid Garnet is one of the rarest Garnets on the planet and one of Russia’s treasures. Deep green, this species of Garnet is also nicknamed the Russian emerald.
This exceptional mineral was widely used by one of the most famous jewelers in history: Carl Fabergé.
Working mainly for the imperial family of Russia, he was the creator of the famous “Fabergé eggs” considered among the most beautiful masterpieces in the history of jewelry.
The origins of Garnet stone
Garnets are found on all continents of the planet. The main producers are India, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
Note that there are also Garnet deposits in France, particularly in the Pyrénées Orientales near Perpignan.
The main properties of Garnet
Garnet is a stone that comes in various colors, from burgundy red for pyrope Garnet, to golden orange for spessartite Garnet, or even green for demantoid Garnet… or tsavorite! And yes, this rare and beautiful stone also belongs to the Garnet family!
But what are the main properties of this family?
Garnet stone color
Like the majority of fine stones, the origin of the stone often defines its color. Depending on the geological conditions specific to each geographical area, Garnet can take on several colors. Thus, we find pinkish-red “rhodolite” Garnet with a violet tendency, orange to brown “spessartite” Garnet, or even the Garnet that we offer at Gemmyo, the “pyrope” Garnet. “Pyrope” Garnet is characterized by a dark red, slightly brown, or burgundy color. Some crystals of large sizes – 8 or 9 mm – can appear even very dark with velvety red reflections. It should be noted that its color makes it a less expensive alternative to the famous ruby and one of the gemstones most appreciated by male customers!
Note: It is quite possible, within the framework of a 100% custom-made creation, to make a specific request to us if you want another color of Garnet, such as “rhodolite” for example. Our gemologists are at your disposal via our customer service!
Garnet stone hardness
From 7 to 8/10 on the stone hardness scale or Mohs scale, “pyrope” Garnet is one of the hardest fine stones with spinel, topaz, or even aquamarine because it is formed under strong pressures.
Sometimes used in the industry as an abrasive, at Gemmyo, we greatly prefer to advise you on it for a piece of jewelry worn on a daily basis.
Frequently asked Questions
Where do your Garnets come from?
At Gemmyo, all of our Garnets come from Madagascar. This country has many deposits of pyrope Garnets renowned for their beauty and the inner fire of the stone.
What is the quality of your Garnets?
All Gemmyo Garnets are AAA grade, the highest quality for a colored stone! Friends in love with gemology, find more details on the AAA quality.
Which stone to choose between Garnet and a ruby?
Garnet and ruby are very often compared to stones. Appropriately, these are two stones of red color. Nevertheless, the color difference between these two stones is quite clear. Ruby is a more raspberry-red stone while pyrope Garnet, as we have seen, is more of a dark red. It should also be noted that ruby is a much rarer stone than Garnet, more exclusive, and among the three hardest minerals on the planet. Garnet nevertheless has a great advantage: its cost is much lower than that of a ruby. To learn more, find our complete guide to rubies.
What metal is associated with Garnet?
Garnet is a stone that goes perfectly with a white metal such as platinum, silver, or even white gold . For a brighter combination, we recommend this stone with rose gold for perfect harmony. Our advice: we do not recommend black gold with Garnet which will tend to darken it unless it is your wish for maximum discretion. Yellow gold associated with Garnet can also give it a slightly traditional that will not please everyone.
For what occasion to offer a Garnet?
Garnet is attributed to those born in the month of January and also to the zodiac sign of Aquarius . Maybe you are about to celebrate your 2nd wedding anniversary? In this case, think of Garnet! This is the stone associated with this wedding. Also, Read – Birthstones: Discover Your Birthstone By Month