Long considered to be protective stones that ward off negativity, garnets come in a range of stunning colours and their natural sparkle make them prized in the jewellery world.
Origin & Supply of Garnet
The word garnet is thought to come from the old English word ‘gernet’, meaning ‘dark red’, and the Latin word ‘granum’ meaning ‘grain’, because they were likened to deep red pomegranate seeds. Garnets were favoured by stylish Victorians who wore the stones in jewellery, fashioned as roses.
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals. They’re extremely durable and have a high refractive index (sparkle). Gem quality garnets have either a vitreous (glass-like) or resinous (amber-like) lustre. Garnets are durable, measuring 7 - 7.5 on the Mohs scale, so they’re ideal for cutting and polishing for jewellery. This also makes them fairly resistant to daily wear and tear.
Grossular Garnet, Grape Garnet, Malaya Garnet, Imperial Garnet, Mandarin Garnet, Rhodolite Garnet, Spessartine Garnet, Tsavorite Garnet.