WHAT IS A GARNET?
Garnet is often associated with a red color, although this is one gemstone that comes in a variety of colors and each colored garnet is its own species. But yes, the red color and some orange toned garnets are most commonly used within the jewelry industry. It is the closest gemstone to a ruby and quite often can be used as its more affordable version if you are looking to add a deep red color gemstone that would fit within your budget. However if you are looking for Rubies, you have to be sure to spot the difference between a Garnet and a Ruby as some will try to sell you the affordable version for the price of a real Ruby. A few tips to detect a garnet is to:
Examine the color: Although garnets are red, they also contain orange, brown, green and other earthy tones. Rubies, on the other hand, are usually vivid red, although sometimes they come with purplish and bluish secondary hues. If you put them side by side, garnets will literally pale in comparison to rubies.
Hold it against a light source: Hold up your stone against a bright light source and examine the spectrum. The spectrum is the rainbow created by moving the stone around. Garnets will usually reflect bands of yellow and green; rubies will reflect blues and reds because they absorb the greens and yellows in the spectrum.
Observe the refraction: If you examine the stone against a light source, look for double rainbows within the stone. Rubies are doubly refractive, which means a double rainbow image will appear.Garnets, on the other hand, are singly refractive and the rainbow that will appear is clearer and less blurred than that of rubies. The garnets that have a distinctive red color and closely resemble rubies are of the pyrope variety. These have a high refractive index which causes their impressive brilliance.
Check for hardness: A ruby has a high ranking of 9 on the Mohs scale, just below diamonds which rank supreme at 10. A garnet, on the other hand, is quite a soft stone and ranks at 6.5 to 7.5. If the stone you’re holding scratches easily and by a substance of a hardness ranking below 9, then it is probably a garnet
This diverse gemstone is an official birthstone for the month of January. But just like any other gemstone, it holds a deeper and spiritual meaning and can bring much benefits to the wearer. It is an energizing stone connected to the fire element, so it is automatically related to passion and fiery inspiration. As a stone for romance, it can bring a new and passionate energy into life as well as create an emotional balance in the body. It is a traditional gemstone given on a second anniversary. As most gemstones are connected to Chakras, Garnet is no exception. It’s connection lies in the root chakra and as such increases feelings of safety and security. Garnet is considered as a lucky stone for love and success in business. It also helps boost self-confidence.
WHERE DO GARNETS COME FROM?
Garnets can be found in different locations all over the world. Depending on their species, the mines are located in different parts of the world. For instance we can find Tsavorite in Kenya and Tanzania, Demantoid in Russia, whereas you can find the pinkish red colored garnets in India and Srilanka. We source our Garnets all over the world, depending on the color preferences of our customers, but mostly we work with our trusted suppliers from India and Srilanka.
ONE OF A KIND
Many gemstones on the market are treated in some way to enhance their appearance. Garnets, however, are not artificially treated or enhanced in any way. Irradiation and heat treatment are not effective upon these gemstones. Garnets come in their most natural colors so what you see is what you get with these stones.
There are six recognized species of garnet: pyrope, almandine, spessartite, grossularite, uvarovite, and andradite. On top of these, however, are eleven more garnet varieties based on color or other special properties!
The most popular garnets, however, are the almandine variety. These come in pure red, reddish orange, and brownish red colors. While it looks very similar to pyrope, it is not as vivid. Interestingly, although it is one of the most common garnet varieties and there are huge amounts sourced all over the world, gem-quality stones have been rarely surfacing in the past decade. Another popular variety is grossularite. This type of garnet ranges in color from lemon yellow to greenish-yellow to mint green. The andradite variety is the most lustrous of all the garnets. It has three further varieties: the rare olive-green to emerald-green Demantoid, the yellow to brownish-yellow Topazolite, and the lustrous opaque black Melanite, often simply known as the Black Garnet. There is also the Uvarovite which is the only consistently green garnet. It has a deep emerald green color and is very rare making it very valuable.
ALL THE MANY SHAPES
At Capucinne we love to play with shapes and cuts, making the most of every gemstone. Garnets of all varieties are no exception. This gemstone has been cut in different shapes, from oval to pear and square. Whatever the shape, each garnet with its unique color captured in our signature style ring is a piece that will immediately demand attention.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR GARNET JEWELRY?
Avoid using harsh cleaning treatments such as ultrasonic cleaners and steamers or chemicals for garnets. The best method of cleaning a jewelry piece with a garnet is to use warm soapy water and a soft brush or cloth. Make sure your garnet jewelry is completely dry before wearing or storing. It is preferable to store it in a velveteen bag.