Mined From Brazil, India, Tanzania, Nambia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Afghanistan, Burma, Iran & Kenya.
Species Pyrope, Almandine, Spessartine, Andradite,
Typical Cutting Style Cabochon and Faceted
Pyrope : Light dark pinkish orange, reddish orange to yellowish orange.
Almandine : dark brown orange to brownish red purple. Spessartine : orange
red, brown ( it will always show an orange component) Andradite : green to
yellow green shades. Grossularite : near colourless to light-dark green.
Uvarovite : light to dark green, yellow green to brown green.
Pyrope : Mg3Al2 (SiO4)3 Magnesuim
Almandine : FeAl2 (SiO4)3 Iron aluminium
Spessartine : MnAl2 (SiO4)3 Manganese
Grossularite : Ca3Al2 (SiO4)3 Calcium
Andradite : Ca3Fe2 (SiO4)3 Calcium iron
Uvarovite : Ca3Cr2 (SiO4)3 Calcium
Inclusions Pyrope, Needle like included crystals
or irregular rounded inclusions, Almandine, Needle and crystal inclusions,
Spessartine, feather like liquid inclusions and needle-like inclusions,
Grossularite, partially healed
fractures, finger prints and small graphite platelets, Andradite,yellowish-brown curving, radiating, needle like and horsetail inclusions,
Uvarovite, usually consists of small closely packed crystal inclusions.
Cleaning & Care Warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush will help maintain
the sparkle of your Garnet. Ultra sonic machine cleaning is generally safe
except for rare instances when the stone has fractures. Steam cleaning is not
recommended. Garnet can be damaged by hydrofluoric acid. Do not use harsh
chemicals or abrasives, visit us on a yearly basis for a FREE clean and polish
Storing Your Garnet When you are not wearing your Garnet jewellery place it in
a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment to other gemstone jewellery (i.e.
emerald, sapphire, ruby, diamond are higher on the Mohs hardness scale) they
could cause scratches to your Garnet jewellery.
Interesting Facts Almandine is the most familiar
of the species of mineral that make up the garnet group. The stone was first
found in Ancient Roman times, in a town called alabanda in Asia Minor which
is now known as Turkey. Pyrope garnets
get there name from the greek word Pyropos which translates at fiery eyed, it
is easy to see how they got their name as the finest pyrope garnets have a
glowing red colour.
Noah is said to have recognised
garnets inner fire and used it as a lamp on the bow of the Ark.
In 1970 an exciting new gem was found
in Kenyas Tsavo national park, this gem was named as Tsavorite by Tiffany
& Co in 1974.