Garnet refers to a group of minerals including pyrope, almandine, spessartine, andradite and grossular. Pyrope and Almandine range in color from orange with hints of red to a vivid purple. Spesarite comes in a variety of orange shades; andradite in yellow and green. Grossular has a wide range of colors including colorless to an intense green known as Tsavorite (one of our particular favorites here at Vardy’s Jewelers).
WHERE ARE GARNETS FOUND?
Garnets are mined all over the world (Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Baja California, Namibia, Myanmar, Brazil, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka). The Russian royal family were especially fond of green tsavorite garnets from the Ural Mountains (often used by jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in his dazzling gemstone and enamel eggs). Tsavorites are also found in Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.
GARNET: MEANING & ANCIENT LORE
Garnets are considered the birthstone of good health, wealth and happiness. In Indian culture, garnets help diminish negative feelings, boost self-confidence and promote mental clarity, creative thinking and peace of mind. Garnets were worn to reduce inflammatory diseases and guard against heart conditions.
CARE & CLEANING OF YOUR GARNET JEWELRY
Garnets typically range between 6.5 and 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes garnets more susceptible to damage than rubies, sapphires and diamonds. While we always recommend professional cleaning, garnet jewelry may also be cleaned at home with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Click here for our step-by-step guide to cleaning jewelry at home.
SOURCE: GIA (The Gemological Institute of America was established in 1931 and protects the public through gemological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development).