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Four Fun Facts About Garnets

Thursday, January 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
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GarnetsThe garnet is a versatile gemstone that can be embraced by anyone and makes a great addition to your fine jewelry wardrobe. Here are four fun facts about this intriguing gemstone.

Not all garnets are red.

Garnet is actually the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the Pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of Tsavorites. Some rare garnets are even blue, colorless, or—most rare of all—change colors in different lights. But the most common color is a beautiful range of reds, from rust colored to deep violet-red.

It’s more than just a pretty gemstone.

For thousands of years, the garnet has lived a glamorous life as a gemstone. But in the past 150 years, it has also been put to the test as an effective industrial mineral. In the United States, it’s been utilized for waterjet cutting, abrasive blasting, and filtration.

Their inclusions make them unique.

Some garnets have inclusions that are part of the beauty of the overall stone (like “horsetails” in Demantoid garnets, or Hessonite garnets which sometimes have a “turbulent” look). So you may discover that you like the distinctive look these inclusions bring to the piece.

Garnets have been around for a long time.

The garnet is so durable, remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age. Other references go back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in their jewelry and carvings. The Egyptians even said it was the symbol of life. The garnet was very popular with the Romans in the 3rd and 4th Century.

Today, the garnet can be found in a range of jewelry pieces and styles, from beautiful rings to stunning tiaras. Since the garnet can come in a range of colors, rare garnets in green or blue make breathtaking pieces, especially in pendants or drop earrings.

Here are a few designs from AGS members featuring the many colors of the garnet. Click on the images for a larger view.

Yael Designs
Garnet and diamond ring by Yael Designs.

Ed Levin Jewelry
Rhodolite garnet bracelet by Ed Levin Jewelry.

Coffin & Trout
Mint tsavorite garnet ring by Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers.

Supreme Fine Jewelry
Garnet pendant by Supreme Jewelry.

Erica Courtney
Mandarin garnet ring by Erica Courtney.


To learn more about the wide range of garnet colors options and to pick the perfect piece, search for an AGS jeweler near you!



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