Garnet - the gem for all seasons . . .
We all are familiar with the red-brown hues of the garnet. However, becoming increasingly popular are a whole rainbow of other available colors . . . except blue. So whatever the reason or whatever the season you can always find a garnet to match.
New kid on the block?
I think not. The garnet has been around for thousands of years. It has been worn by travelers as talismans for protection during their voyages. Garnets were believed to light the way and ward off any kind of evil. It is also known as the gem of faith in either a person or an action.
Pick a color. . . any color. . .
Giving the gift of a garnet couldn’t be easier. It’s available in a multitude of colors with beautiful radiance and a flawless interior. In earlier times, garnets were exchanged as gifts between friends to demonstrate their affection for each other and to ensure that they would meet again. Or, bestow it upon a traveling loved one to bring them home safely. Ready to double down? Legend has it that the power of the garnet is doubled for those born in January.
Did you know. . .
That the garnet has a very high refractive index. What does this mean, you ask? Well, legend has it that the sparkle and shine of the garnet is what guided Noah’s Ark through the night. What else characterizes this gemstone family? Well... the garnet in all its colors exhibits excellent hardness (7 to 7.5 on the Mohs’ scale.), which makes it a sturdy and resistant gem for everyday wear.
A Garnet by any other name . . .
Is still a garnet. However . . . green garnets also go by the name Tsavorite. Pink and purple hued garnets are also known as Rhodolite.