Garnets fall in the group of silicate minerals that have been around since the Bronze Age. Garnet has been known to men for more than 5000 years and perhaps it is the only gemstone with the largest family offering almost all the colors of the spectrum. The red garnet which is also the Birthstone of January is responsible for the name granatus after its resemblance with the seed of pomegranate.
Although, the common color of the garnet is deep red, garnets show a great diversity when it comes to color. An extraordinary color range to choose from.
Garnets have been there for thousands of years and they still continue to thrill the hearts of gemstone collector and jewelry maniacs.
Garnet is believed to revitalize and balance energy of the wearer and bring serenity. It is also thought to inspire love and devotion in hearts of a person.
Red Garnet or the almandine variety of garnet range from orange-red to deep blood red. Although, available in all colors, red garnets are most common, a cheaper option to rubies.
The red garnets of almandine species tend to have no eye-visible inclusions. An eye-clean garnet will be fetching greater prices for the gemstone.
Garnet are offered cuts to retain maximum weight from the rough and in case of the red garnets they are a classic choice for beads and cabochons.
As compared to other species of garnets, red garnets are likely to be found in larger sizes which brings no dramatic change in the value with a smaller increment in size.
All kinds of Garnets are found all over the world and the formation of garnets took place when a sedimentary rock with high aluminum content is metamorphosed that is subjected to heat and pressure. Such conditions cause the breaking of chemical bonds in the rocks.
Like most of the gemstones, there is an option to choose between natural and lab-created Garnets. One must not confuse “lab grown” with the “fake”. While synthetic is a replica the lab grown is developed in a controlled lab environment.
Notably, there are arise two major difference in both categories as lab grown garnets tend to be uniformly colored, free of flaws and cost lesser.
Australia is the largest producer of garnets contributing almost half of the garnet supplies to the world. While the rest of the countries being India, USA and China.
Garnet Ring is quite easy to clean due to their hardness and durability. However, a few things must be kept in mind like avoiding contact of the gemstone with make-up, harsh chemicals, abrasives.
While cleaning the ring make use of lukewarm water and mild cleaning detergent. Soft toothbrush can be used to clean the underside of the garnet.
Also, the ring must be individually kept to avoid contact with other jewelry to avoid unnecessary scratches.
The most common Garnet Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes an amethyst in all of its characteristics.
Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
The prices for the red garnet can vary from $300-$400 per carat depending on the quality of the garnet chosen for the jewelry.