GEM OF THE MONTH
The Gem of Plenty… Garnet
The “gem of plenty,” garnet, is most frequently found in a deep, warm red. However, too few people are aware that the world of the garnets is far more colorful than that. Spectacular finds have enhanced the traditional image of the garnet with a surprising number of hues - even if red does continue to be its principal color. Thanks to its rich color spectrum, the garnet can quite happily keep pace with changes of style and the color trends of fashion. Named for its likeness to pomegranate seeds, garnet is found in multiple hues of pink, purple, green, yellow, orange and brown. The only color it cannot offer is blue.
Several factors distinguish garnet from other gemstones. First is its hardness of 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. This is the reason for the excellent wearing qualities of a garnet. A further plus is its high refractive index, the cause of the garnet's great brilliance.
January’s birthstone, garnet is also the suggested gift for the 2nd wedding anniversary. Garnet has historically signified faith, friendship, loyalty and truthfulness. Believed to calm anxiety, cheer the heart, encourage guidance, and inspire creativity, garnet illuminates the bright disposition of those who wear the stone.
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