|Color Changing Blue Garnet Crystal|
Here is a very interesting fact: real garnets can be picked up by a strong neodymium magnet! And the use of the magnet will separate the clear garnets from other gemstones easily.
Different colors of garnet are given different names, which is mostly why I didn't realize that garnets came in so many colors!
|Shades of Grossular Garnet - Tsavorite on Far Right|
- Almandine - deep red, most common garnet
- Pyrope - very deep red to black
- Rhodolite - raspberry red
- Spessartine - orange yellow
- Topazolite - yellow green
- Demantoid - green
- Melanite - black
- Grossular - green (Siberian), cinnamon brown (Hessonite), red and yellow
- Tasavorite - green grossular garnet from Kenya and Tanzania
- Uvarovite - rare green garnet from Ural Mountains
Garnet is considered the stone of love and compassion. It is believed that will bring good fortune to business, and if you put a few garnets on your work desk, your business will improve! (Hmmm, I'll definitely have to try that!) It is also believed to cure depression, and provide protection while traveling. (This sounds like a good stone to wear all the time!)
|8th Century AD Sword Hilt Fitting|
Garnets are used in sand paper for finishing wood.
Garnet sand is used in sandblasting.
Garnet sand mixed with high-pressure water will cut steel!
Garnet sand is used in water filtration methods.
Garnet in India is used as a polishing medium for glass.
River garnet is abundant in Australia!
It is the birthstone for the month of January.