Garnet

Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color.

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BIRTHSTONES &
ANNIVERSARIES

Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem for the second anniversary.

 

ABOUT GARNET

Red garnets have a long history, but modern gem buyers can pick from a rich palette of garnet colors: greens, oranges, pinkish oranges, deeply saturated purplish reds, and even some blues. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems. But not all garnets are as abundant as the red ones. A green garnet, tsavorite, is rarer and needs rarer rock chemistries and conditions to form.


WHY WE LOVE THIS GEMSTONE

TSAVO PARK

 

Campbell Bridges mined tsavorite garnet in Kenya near Tsavo National Park.

FABERGE

The imperial Russian jeweler created intricate jewelry designs for demantoid garnet.

3800 BC

A stylish red garnet bead necklace found in a grave in Egypt is more than 5,000 years old.

GEMOLOGICAL CHALLENGE

Figuring out how each new gem garnet fits into the six main mineral species is a challenge for gemologists.

HORSETAIL INCLUSIONS

Horsetail inclusions in green demantoid garnet are one of the few internal features that increase a gem's value.

FIRE

Due to demantoid garnet's high dispersion, well-cut, fashioned gems display an amazing amount of fire.


QUALITY FACTORS

When deciding which garnet to buy, think of garnets in terms of color.

CUT Many garnets are cut into standard shapes and calibrated sizes to allow setting into manufactured jewelry.

CUT
Many garnets are cut into standard shapes and calibrated sizes to allow setting into manufactured jewelry.

COLOR Garnet includes affordable dark red varieties, rare and valuable greens, and many colors in between.

COLOR
Garnet includes affordable dark red varieties, rare and valuable greens, and many colors in between.

CLARITY Garnet clarity often depends on garnet type. Red garnets often don’t have eye-visible inclusions.

CLARITY
Garnet clarity often depends on garnet type. Red garnets often don’t have eye-visible inclusions.

CARAT WEIGHT Garnets can be found in all sizes and weights, although some varieties are rare in large sizes.

CARAT WEIGHT
Garnets can be found in all sizes and weights, although some varieties are rare in large sizes.