Garnets are a variety of gemstones also used as abrasives that are made out of silicate materials. The only characteristic that sets all species of garnets apart from each other is its chemical composition. They come in colorless, pink, black, brown, purple, green, yellow, orange, the most common of them all, red and the rarest among the species, the blue Garnet. Garnet gemstone deposits are located in countries like Madagascar, The United States Of America, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Turkey.
In the Mohs scale Garnet’s hardness is 6.5 to 7.5. Biblically speaking, it was believed that Noah used a lantern made of Garnet to steer the Ark through the dark. Egyptians have used this gemstone as an abrasive while the people from China are said to have used them as ammunition. It wasn’t until the 19th century when women started to drape themselves with fine garnet jewelry. There are numerous species of garnet stones. Here are some of the Garnet groups that Gemologists have researched high and low about.
PYRALSPITE GARNET STONES
1) Almandine is the classic red specie of Garnet and one off the more well-known. Most of the Almandine garnets are opaque, and the less common transparent types are the only ones used as gemstones. It Is chemically composed of iron-aluminum and a Fe3Al2(SiO4)3 formula. The Almandine garnet is also often used as an abrasive.
2) The second group of Garnets to be shortly discussed is the Pyrope species. In Greek, Pyrope means “fire-eyed” as it is bright red, but sometimes black, in color with a chemical composition of magnesium aluminum silicate. A violet-red type of Pyrope, called the rhodolite, was found in North Carolina. Pyrope is recognized for its transparency and the frequent absence of flaws.
3) Spessartine Garnets are produced in colors orange-yellow and violet-red and found in Madagascar and parts of Colorado and Maine, respectively. It has manganese and Mn3Al2(SiO4)3 in its chemical composition.
UGRANDITE GARNET STONES
1) The first type of Garnet under this group is the Andradite, which is subcategorized into melanite, which is black, topazolite in yellow and green, and demantoid that comes in green. It is one of the most precious types of Garnet known by man. What makes this Garnet interesting is its iron stating and positioning within its structure, making it close to impossible to be red.
2) Grossular got its name from gooseberry’s botanical name, grossularia. It is a green, cinnamon brown, red and yellow Garnet found mostly in areas that surround Siberia. The Grossular Garnet is in the form of calcium aluminum silicate, a formula that doesn’t create colors. However, traces of other types of Garnet in it influence its physical appearance, including the usual wide range of colors.
3) Uvarovite is a very rare Garnet in bright emerald green color found in crystalline marbles in Russia and Finland. It is also considered as one of the most unusual types of Garnets. One of the most sought after Garnets is the variety that color changes when viewed in natural and incandescent lighting. During daylight, its color is brown or orange, and pink or light red under incandescent light.
GARNET HEALING PROPERTIES
Garnet is acclaimed for its spiritual properties, curative powers in protection, purification, and love. During the Bronze Age, and up until recent times, this gemstone was said to absorb negativity from all the chakras and in return radiate beneficial vibration energy into the system. It is most effective in detoxifying the body and its organs and facilitates the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. The Garnet gemstone also has its effects on the wearer’s emotional aspect as it provides a calming influence best to counter depression and melancholy. Garnet was also the favorite gemstone of ancient people to increase the chances of rapid healing of skin conditions, blood illnesses, and heart problems.