Garnet has a moderate hardness (Mohs hardness scale – 6.5 to 7.5) with a beautiful vitreous lustre. Reddish brown Pyrope Garnet and Purplish red Rhodolite Garnet are commonly known and used in jewellery; they are a group of coloured minerals with similar crystal structure and related chemical composition.
The name derives from the Latin word for grain, because of the rounded crystals and similarly to the red kernels of the pomegranate. Garnet in the popular sense is usually understood to be a red or wine red coloured gem, but there are many beautiful lesser known varieties now available.
Can I wear it every day? Yes, Garnet is moderately hard and quite a tough gemstone. So in regards to daily wear and tear, it is a very good gemstone for all types of jewellery.
Is Garnet a birthstone? Yes, Garnet is the birthstone of January.
Is Garnet expensive? The Garnet family will range from very cheap and very affordable, to quite expensive for larger and rarer types, like green Tsavorite garnet.
What colours do Garnet come in? Mali Garnet: brilliant yellow to brownish-green. Hessonite Garnet: cinnamon-orange to rich brown tones. Spessartine Garnet: burnt-orange to vibrant-orange (also known as mandarin Garnet).Tsavorite Garnet: vibrant shades of green. Malaia Garnet: pinkish-orange to reddish-brown. Demantoid Garnet: bright green.
There are many alternative gemstone choices that have similar colour & visual characteristics to Garnet. If you’d like to learn more about your best options or arrange a personal gemstone viewing in our Parramatta studio, please call us on (02) 9689 3396 or contact us here.