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Interesting Facts

The name Garnet is derived from the Latin for pomegranate, "grantum", because crystals in rock reminded early aficionados of pomegranate seeds. The different varieties of garnet are found in almost all colors except blue; brown, red, green, yellow, black, and colorless stones are the most common. Darker gemstones are usually opaque, and light ones may be transparent or translucent. The best known members of the Garnet family are the deep red varieties, the Pyrope and Alamandite. The Pyrope derives its name from the Greek word meaning "firelike". The ancients also believed that a garnet could give its wearer guidance in the night, allowing them to see when others could not. Garnet was worn for protection when traveling. It was the Pyrope Garnet that figured in the ancient Talmudic legend, which held that the only light in Noah's Ark was supplied by an enormous red garnet. The Persians considered garnet a royal stone, as did the Russians in Imperial times.

Color Change Garnet Gemstone

Antique Spessartite Red-Orange Garnet Gemstone

Antique Green Grossular Garnet Briolette Cut

Antique Mandarin Orange Garnet Faceted Ovals and Emerald Cut

Antique Rhodolite Garnet Raspberry Red "Bohemian Rubies" Talmudic Talisman

Antique Blood Red Pyrope Garnet Gemstone Ancient World Traveler's Amulet

Antique Rare Demantoid Garnet Gemstone

Stunning Tsavorite Garnet Gemstone