Garnet has been loved and cherished for ages, dating all the way back to 3100 B.C. where it was used in the city on the Nile Delta in Egypt for beads and jewelry.
Garnet is named after the ancient greek word granatum, meaning pomegranate seed. Egyptian garnet necklaces are often found adorning the pharaohs of Egypt entombed for the afterlife. Garnet has also been found in ancient Roman signet rings. Garnet's popularity spanned the middle ages and was favored by clergy and nobility.
Garnet is a luxurious gemstone loved throughout the world and is said to promote healing, strength, romance and passion. Red garnet and gold, particularly yellow gold, pair beautifully together and can symbolize enduring love and lasting connection. Garnet is often exchanged between friends ensuring someday they will meet again.
Garnet is formed in metamorphic rocks created by heat and pressure. Most commonly recognized by its fiery red color, garnets can also be orange, pink, and most rare, green. Color variations occur by shifts of color composition.
Cleaning & Care
Garnets can easily be cleaned at home with warm soapy water. An ultrasonic cleaner may be used by a professional on garnets without fractures. A steam cleaner should not be used to clean garnet.
Most garnet is untreated keeping its fiery red color. Demantoid garnet, a brilliant green version of garnet, is the only form of garnet heat-treated to improve color.
6.5 - 7.5
Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.
3.47 - 4.15
The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.
1.714 - 1.888
The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.