Garnets are a set of closely related minerals forming a group, with gemstones in almost every color.
Garnet is the birthstone for January and the gem for the second anniversary.
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
Campbell Bridges mined tsavorite garnet in Kenya near Tsavo National Park.
The imperial Russian jeweler created intricate jewelry designs for demantoid garnet.
A stylish red garnet bead necklace found in a grave in Egypt is more than 5,000 years old.
Figuring out how each new gem garnet fits into the six main mineral species is a challenge for gemologists.
Horsetail inclusions in green demantoid garnet are one of the few internal features that increase a gem's value.
Due to demantoid garnet's high dispersion, well-cut, fashioned gems display an amazing amount of fire.
When deciding which garnet to buy, think of garnets in terms of color.