Find out more about the birthstone of January, Garnet, and everything you need to know about this mesmerising gem stone below!
History of Garnet
Garnet is most commonly known as a rich, deep red gem stone, however it is also available in a variety of colours with many variations of the stone existing. Variations of Garnet include Pyrope, Almandine, Grossular, Spessartine, Uvarovite, Andradite, Tsavorite and Demantoid, amongst others, each with their own unique structure. Pyrope and Almandine tend to be the most commonly used variations of Garnet, which you will find in most jewellery today.
Garnet is believed to protect the wearer from evil and has also said to aid circulation and blood issues. The stone is related to the first Chakra, and is associated with love, relationships and is believed to be a spiritual stone of psychic protection.
The word ‘Garnet’ itself, it said to come from a Latin word meaning ‘Pomegranate’, relating to its rich red colour.
Where is Garnet from?
Garnet can be found all over the world. Each variation of the stone is sourced from different parts of the globe. Pyrope can be found in Brazil, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Almandite can be sourced in Brazil, India and Madagascar. Spessarite originates in Brazil, China, Kenya and Madagascar. The grossularite variation is sourced from Myanmyar, Zambia and South Africa. It is truly an international gem stone reaching far corners of the globe!
The Antique Pyrope Hair Comb. Image source: GIA
The Antique Pyrope Hair Comb is an excellent showcase of the beauty of Garnet. Unlike any other hair comb, this iconic piece originates from the Victorian Era. Each Garnet has been rose cut, and would have been sourced from historic mines in Bohemia (now Czech Republic). These stones were very popular during the Victorian times, making this hair comb a truly stunning statement piece for the wearer.
The value of a garnet highly depends on its variety. The most rare Garnet’s, known as Tsavorite (a rare green in colour) and Demantoid, are known for their outstanding brilliance and are the highest in value of all Garnets. On the other hand, more common types of garnet such as Pyrope, Almandine and Spessarite can be found for much lower prices.
Garnet buying tips
Follow the below tips when buying Garnet to make sure you are getting the best value possible.
Garnet tends to be known for its red, pomegranate like colour, however rarer stones such as the Tsavorite are a rare green colour. Garnet is a dark coloured gemstone, however the brighter variations of it are deemed more valuable.
Rare garnets like Demantoid and Tsavorite are more commonly found in small sizes due to their high value, with value increasing dramatically as size/weight increases. More common garnets such as Almandine tend to be found in larger sizes and weights, and there is often no major increase in value with bigger sizes of these variations.
Clarity is important when it comes to garnet, as with all gem stones. If the gemstone looks flawless to the naked eye it has a higher clarity and is therefore more valuable.
Cuts & shapes
Garnets come in many cuts and shapes. A lot of Garnets are cut into standard shapes and sizes to allow for easy setting in jewellery. The cut of higher value Garnets like Tsavorite take into account the weight from the rough, and therefore are cut into different styles from more common variations of the stone.
Due to the many variations of Garnet, there is a version of the gem stone for everyone. Looking for an affordable Garnet? Go for a common variation such as Almandine or Spessarite. If you are looking for an extra special piece of high value, you may want to consider rare types such as Tsavorite, which are more expensive.
Our experienced and friendly team will always help to guide you through the buying process of any gemstone and will ensure you find the best piece for your taste and budget. You can visit us in store in Glasgow or Aberdeen to discover our range of affordable and beautiful Garnet jewellery. We have finance options available too.
We sell a range of stunning Garnet jewellery, from rings to pendants and wristwear to earrings. Discover our full selection of Garnet and other gem stone jewellery in stores.
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