Garnet is a gemstone that Christians supposed to be used by Noah to illuminate the Ark. It is one of the oldest gemstones in history; and is the appreciated embellishment in today’s fashion world. For thousands of years, it has been used in jewelry and enjoyed great reputation all through the Victorian Era. It is regarded as the gem of constancy, faith, truth and fidelity. Since these gemstones are very affordable, jewelry such as garnet rings, garnet pendants, garnet earrings and garnet bracelets are very accepted.
Garnet jewelry can be traced its roots back to the Bronze Age. For centuries, it has been believed to have powers to protect and heal. The jewelry are said to have therapeutic properties for those suffering from lung diseases and arthritis. According to legend, it is thought that the jewelry will improve communication and social skill of the wearer. Since the time of the earliest Greeks, it has been recognized as a gift of love. Roman and Egyptian eras also saw the make use of garnets in jewelry.
The gemstone garnet belongs to the family of minerals that have identical crystalline and physical properties. Since garnet is the birthstone for January, an elegant piece of garnet jewelry makes perfect gift for those who born that month. It is also given for second wedding anniversaries. Even as garnet jewelry is frequently recognized by its deep, blood-red color, really it is available in numerous other colors and varieties. Usually, the majority garnets those are available in jewelry stores vary in price from around ten dollars to twenty five dollars per carat. As it is a non-porous gemstone, garnet jewelry can be cleaned using a gem cleaner.
Garnet jewelry is very popular in the gemstone jewelry market because of its cut, vivacious shades and color changing phenomenon. It is known for its superb hardness, which is ranging from 7-7.5. It is coming in a variety of shades that can be recognized with their particular name such as hessonite (orange and brownish hue of garnet), tsavorite (dark green garnet) and rhodolite (purplish shade of garnet). Others include pyrope, almandine, spessartine, andradite, demantoid, grossular and uvaroite. Garnet jewelry made from tsavorite and demantoid is very sought after among customers; however, the dark red almandine is the most common garnet gemstone. As tsavrorite has a resemblance to emerald jewelry, jewelry made with tsavrorite enjoys wide demand. As it is very rare, it is considerably more expensive than other garnet family members.